The Court said the CA was aware that his "terrifying act" would have endangered the safety of the 160 passengers and the crew members on board the Goa-Delhi Indigo flight
New Delhi: A chartered accountant (CA) was on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a court here for triggering a mid-air hijack scare in February 2009 by claiming aboard a Goa-Delhi Indigo airlines flight that he had infected needles and a gun, reports PTI.
"The accused Jitender Kumar Mohla is awarded life imprisonment under section 3(1)(d) of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation," District Judge IS Mehta said.
The court, which had also convicted Mohla under sections 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 170 (impersonating a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code, awarded him varying jail terms which were set off against the period spent by him behind bars since his arrest on 2 February 2009.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs7,000 on him.
According to the police, Mohla had entered into the cockpit on 1 February 2009 and had sparked panic by claiming that he had hijacked the plane.
Mohla had also warned the crew members that he was one of the accused in the infamous Kandahar hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1999 and was carrying needles with which he would "infect" others if they resisted him, it had said.
The crew members and some passengers, however, had overpowered Mohla and he was arrested the next day.
Police had said Mohla's behaviour had forced the Indigo pilot to send a hijack alert, leading to a scare and panic at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport at New Delhi.
The plane had made an emergency landing and was kept in isolation for two and a half hours after it was confirmed that the landing took place due to unruly behaviour of Mohla.
The court, in its judgement convicting 45-year-old Mohla, had said he had intimidated the crew members by claiming to be an official of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
It had also said that Mohla was aware that his "terrifying act" would have endangered the safety of the 160 passengers and the crew members on board.
The court, in its judgement, had said every person on board a flight should observed certain "standards of behaviour" as per the norms laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the DGCA as India is a signatory to the Montreal Convention.
The court had, however, acquitted Mohla for the offence under the Anti Hijacking Act saying that nothing incriminating was found from his possession at the time of his arrest.
Mohla has been in judicial custody since his arrest in February 2009 as his bail plea was earlier rejected by the sessions court and the Delhi High Court after which he had approached the Supreme Court which too had refused to entertain his plea.
The government is concerned about how the Vijay Mallya-owned and cash-strapped carrier would pay its dues to its service providers, including airport operators, aircraft lessors and oil companies
New Delhi: Ahead of submitting a revival plan to aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya on Tuesday met Civil Aviation Secretary KN Shrivastava and briefed him about the steps being taken to revive the beleaguered carrier, reports PTI.
Mallya is understood to have been asked by Shrivastava about the plans to pay off the debts and dues to various vendors, including Airports Authority of India (AAI) which has asked it to vacate two hangars at Kolkata and Chennai airports as it owes the state-run airports body Rs293 crore.
"I have briefed him on revival and restart plan. It would be a comprehensive plan. All hurdles will be crossed," Mallya told reporters after the meeting.
The meeting between UB Group chief and the Secretary, the first since the airline got into regulatory trouble, lasted 30 minutes, official sources said.
Kingfisher is expected to apply to the DGCA for revocation of suspension of its Scheduled Operator's Permit (SOP) or flying license in a few weeks.
For this, it has to submit to DGCA a comprehensive financial and operational plan to revive the airline and its operations, after an over three week impasse with its employees since 30th September, who struck work demanding payment of overdue salaries. The strike was followed by a lockout that was lifted on 25th October.
The services of Kingfisher can be restored only after the DGCA is convinced that the carrier can provide safe and sustainable operations.
The sources said the government is concerned about how the cash-strapped carrier would pay its dues to its service providers, including airport operators, aircraft lessors and oil companies.
The airline is likely to face more trouble soon with the Revenue Department deciding to move the Supreme Court to expedite recovery of tax dues worth about Rs330 crore.
A special leave petition is to be filed jointly by the Income Tax and Service Tax departments to apprise the apex court "of the magnitude of pending dues to the government" and seek vacation of a September 26 Karnataka High Court order restraining the I-T department from making "further recovery".
Following the High Court order, the I-T department had lifted its attachment orders on the airline's bank accounts.
While the I-T department dues stand at around Rs269 crore, the airline owes Rs60 crore to Service Tax department.
Kingfisher is saddled with a loss of Rs8,000 crore and a debt burden of an additional over Rs7,524 crore, a large part of which has not been serviced for several months.
The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal asked HDFC ERGO General Insurance Co, with which the offending vehicle was insured, to pay Rs16.68 lakh to the deceased's family
New Delhi: The family of a 29-year-old man, who died after a rashly-driven truck hit the car he was driving, has been awarded Rs16.68 lakh as compensation by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT).
The MACT has directed HDFC ERGO General Insurance Co Ltd with which the offending vehicle was insured to pay the amount to the deceased's family comprising of his wife, two minor children, mother and unmarried sister.
"I am of the considered view that respondent 3 (insurance company) is liable to indemnify respondent 1 (driver of truck) and respondent 2 (owner of truck) and is liable to make the payment of compensation to the petitioner.
"I accordingly, grant a compensation to the tune of Rs16.68 lakh to all the petitioners (victim's family)," said MACT presiding officer BS Chumbak.
The tribunal's order came on plea by the family of the victim, late Sujit Kumar, who used to work as a driver.
According to the police, the Indica car driven by Kumar was hit by a rashly-driven truck near Ghazipur dairy farm here on 28 November 2011 afternoon.
The car was badly damaged in the mishap while Kumar got fatal head injuries and his body got entangled in the vehicle and a fire brigade rescue team had to called in to extricate his body from the wreckage, the police had added.
Kumar was rushed to the LBS hospital here, where he was declared brought dead.
While the owner and the driver of the truck had argued they had been falsely implicated in the case, an eyewitness to the mishap specifically deposed that the accident occurred due to rash driving by the truck driver.
The tribunal relied on the un-rebutted testimony of the eyewitness to hold that the accident had occurred due to the rash and negligent driving.