Air India suspends pilot for ‘shoplifting’ at Sydney airport

National carrier Air India has suspended its pilot and
Regional Director – East, Rohit Bhasin after he allegedly stole a wallet from a
duty free shop at the Sydney airport.

The incident happened on Saturday, before the departure of
flight AI-301, for which he was rostered as a commander.

“There is an initial report of one of our captains
Rohit Bhasin, who is also working as a regional director, picking up a wallet
from a duty free shop in Sydney. Air India has instituted an enquiry into this
incident and has placed the captain under suspension,” an Air India
spokesperson said.

The airline also barred him from entering the premises of
Air India Ltd without written permission of the management and also asked him
to submit the company identity card.

“Without prejudice to any disciplinary action to be
initiated against you and pending enquiry, you are hereby placed under
suspension with immediate effect,” the order said.

Bhasin has also been directed not to leave his station,
Kolkata without written permission from the management.

“You will not be eligible to any wages except the subsistence
allowance as per rules with immediate effect,” said the order dated June
22, 2019.

Following the suspension, Sanjay Misra, General Manager,
Commercial, Eastern Region, will hold the additional charge of Regional
Director for Eastern Region, said another notification from the airline.

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