Andheri Court orders FIR against Mumbai airport officials for security lapses

The Andheri Court on February 9 ordered to register a First Information Report (FIR) against the few officers from organizations of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Airport 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.

Mumbai Airport terminal 2 Multi Level Car Parking (MLCP) Andheri Metropolitan Court Orders Registration Of FIR against Chairman, CEO, MIAL, AAI officials and BCAS officials. 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 Learned 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, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security 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 Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) state that there should be a distance of at least 100 meters 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.

Bhamburkar alleged that he had approached the Sahar Police Station with a complaint regarding the MLCP issue, which disclosed the commission of cognizable offences, but the Senior Police Inspector had dismissed these allegations without registering an FIR. Bhambhurkar also alleged that Senior Police officials were also approached but he too refrained from taking any action in the matter. The matter then reached the Courts who ordered the investigations.

The order (in possession with mid-day) stated ‘Considering the nature of allegations and gravity of charges leveled against the accused, it is expedient that the allegations made in the complaint are pertaining to breach of security to the international airport T-2 terminal, owing to commencement of multi-level car parking, allegedly by committing fraud, forgery and cheating etc. on behalf of the accused. The said allegations are ex-facie very much serious pertaining to the security of T-2 and public at large…the concerned police officer shall register FIR and commence his investigation in to allegations made in the complaint and shall submit the report at the earliest.”

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