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DGCA calls meet with flying schools on March 29.

Hyderabad/New Delhi, Mar 27 (ANI): In the wake of four persons taken into custody in connection with the fake flying license scam, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has called a meeting of all flying schools on March 29 in an endeavor to revamp the procedures followed for issuing licenses to pilots.

"A meeting of all flying schools has been called on Tuesday to put together an action plan to tackle the problem of fudging of documents to obtain licenses. DGCA is going to appoint a third party to scrutinize aviation academies, which needed complete scrutiny," DGCA Director General (DG) EK Bharat Bhushan told reporters.

"The DGCA has decided not to take the licenses issues by international schools on the face value," he added, while commenting on foreign flying schools.

Delhi Police on Saturday arrested four persons, including a DGCA official and a pilot, in connection with the fake flying license scam.

Police said they have arrested DGCA official Pradeep Kumar, pilot Pradeep Tyagi and two touts. One of them has been identified as Lalit Jain.

Acting tough against pilots obtaining their commercial licences by submitting fake records and documents, DGCA had recently grounded 14 pilots.

The police is now probing if the pilots across the country were also helped.

The crime branch team in Mumbai on Friday had identified one of the two touts, who had helped several pilots to prepare fake marksheets.

Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi had on Wednesday said that the government will take strict action against fake flying schools enabling pilots to obtain licences without proper training and documents.

Talking to reporters outside the Parliament, Ravi said: "The ministry has issued go ahead orders to the concerned agencies in order to build a strong case against the alleged fake schools without any leniency."

"There are about 40 flying schools. Now there is an audit of these schools... Blanket order has been given to go ahead into the complaints. There is no leniency to anybody," he added. (ANI)

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