(Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
(Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

DGCA finds safety lapses by IndiGo, issues notice to four senior officials

  • Aviation regulator finds multiple safety lapses during special audit of IndiGo
  • DGCA carried out the audit at the IndiGo office in Gurgaon on 8 July and 9 July

Mumbai: Indian civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday issued show cause notice to four senior officials at IndiGo and asked them to respond within 15 days, after a team of DGCA officials found several safety lapses at the airline during an unplanned surveillance carried out by the regulators on 8 July and 9 July, respectively.

The show cause notice was issued to Captain Sanjiv Bhalla, head of training, Captain Hemant Kumar, chief of flight safety, Captain Ashim Mitra, Vice President, flight operations, and Rakesh Srivastava who heads operational safety at the airline.

A copy of the show cause notice issued by DGCA to IndiGo has been reviewed by Mint. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) carried out the audit at the IndiGo office in Gurgaon on 8 July and 9 July.

The show cause notice comes after the DGCA decided to conduct a special audit of all airlines and airports, which are in monsoon-affected areas in the wake of multiple landing incidents across the country.

Meanwhile, the Rahul Bhatia-owned InterGlobe Enterprises (IGE) on Friday said that it condemns the 'misinformation' on corporate governance issues that has been raised by co-founder Rakesh Gangwal.

"Mr. Gangwal talks about unusual rights of IGE as a shareholder and promoter, but he fails to give even one instance where there has been any misuse of any such right," IGE Group said in a statement.

"Mr. Gangwal bases his allegations on 'whistleblowers' who chose not to use the whistleblower mechanisms and procedures established by IndiGo," it said adding that corporate governance is not about leveling baseless charges as it is about ensuring that both company and stakeholders' interests are protected and not harmed.

IndiGo's co-founders Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia are currently locked in a tussle with Gangwal questioning related party transactions of Rahul Bhatia-led InterGlobe Enterprises with InterGlobe Avaition (IndiGo).

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