Former Director General of Civil Aviation Mr E.K. Bharat Bhushan has sought a probe into whether a note on Kingfisher Airlines made by him on a file had been removed.

In a recent letter to the newly appointed Director-General of Civil Aviation, Mr Prashant Sukul, Mr Bhushan claimed to have recorded on note ordering a notice to be served on Kingfisher Airlines unless it cleared its dues to its employees and vendors in the next 15 days.

The private sector airline, which owes Rs 6,500 crore to 17 banks, had not paid its employees wages for the last five months.

Mr Bhushan has also sent the letter to the Cabinet Secretary, Mr Ajit Seth, and the Civil Aviation Secretary, Mr N. Zaidi.

Mr Sukul has all along maintained that there was no noting on the official file.

Mr Bhushan, who was abruptly removed from the DGCA’s post, wrote to the Government claiming that pages had been removed from the file.

Days after Mr Bhushan was removed from the DGCA, allegedly hours after he made a file noting seeking cancellation of Kingfisher Airlines licence, Mr Sukul told the media that the licence of no airline was being cancelled.

Mr Bhushan was removed from his post days after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had confirmed him to the post of DGCA till the end of this year.

The 1979 IAS officer from Kerala has since taken over the Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor in the Ministry of Steel.

(This article was published on July 20, 2012)
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