Andheri court orders FIR against airport officials
The Andheri court on February 9 ordered to register a first information report (FIR) against the few officers from organisations of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Airports Authority of India and Airport Operator GVK-MIAL. This comes after a RTI activist had approached court after the local police failed to register the case.
The court on February 9, ordered the local police to register an FIR under section 156(3) of CrPC Act after an Ahmedabad-based RTI activist Vishwas Bhambhurkar approached the court. D.B. Patange, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) of 22nd Court, Andheri, ordered Sahar Police to register an FIR against G.V. Sanjay Reddy, Chairman, Rajeev Jain, CEO, Mumbai International Airport Private Limited, the then Regional Executive Director of Western Region, K. Hemalatha, current Regional Executive Director along with Western Region, Jayant Dasgupta, General Manager, Air Traffic Control–Mumbai, V.S.P. Chinson, General Manager (Aero), Western Region, Airports Authority of India, B.S. Tripathi, Senior DCOS, BCAS and commence investigations in the illegalities surrounding the multi-level car parking (MLCP) at the T2 Terminal at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).
“While the norms issued by BCAS state that there should be a distance of at least 100 metres between the terminal building and car parking area, this has not been followed in the development of the new terminal building and MLCP is a part of the terminal building. Such a glaring security lapse was not only allowed at the time of construction, commercial operations has started despite the MLCP not having any security clearance from BCAS,” said Bambhurkar. “In these surcharged times, especially since Mumbai has been at the receiving end of various terror attacks, this glaring lapse is too huge to be ignored. Furthermore, if the Headley disposition is anything to go by, CSIA is a sitting duck, as even a parliamentary panel has reported,” he alleged.