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.

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