Indigo pilot Parminder Kaur Gulati, who was arrested for forging marksheets, had been suspended by the airline following a hard landing of her flight in Goa on January 11. TOI had reported the matter then.
"We do not know if all three marksheets were forged at a single place. We have found some papers which are being examined. More arrests are likely,'' said DCP (crime) Ashok Chand.
Chand said the forgery case against Gulati was lodged by D C Sharma, director training and licensing, DGCA. The aviation regulatory body had found that she had allegedly submitted forged result card of her pilot licence examination of January 2009 for obtaining an airlines transport pilot licence (ATPL) which enables co-pilots to become commanders.
"It emerges that in the result card of the pilot licence examination submitted by Gulati, the marks for two subjects – air navigation and radio aids & instruments – were forged," DCP Chand said.
In her first attempt, Gulati cleared aviation meteorology but failed the air navigation test and did not appear for the third exam. She took the two exams again in April and July 2009, but couldn't clear them, Chand said.
"It appears she submitted a forged result card in November 2009 which showed she had cleared the two tests and was issued ATPL," Chand said. Gulati has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology (1995) and was an NCC air wing cadet.
In 1997, she got a private pilot licence from Delhi Flying Club and she got her commercial pilot licence from the same club a year later. In May 2006, she joined Air Deccan as co-pilot and in November 2007 moved to Indigo as co-pilot. After getting ALTP in November 2009 on forged documents, she became a captain.
After her hard landing of the Indigo flight 6E-332 in Goa, the aircraft was flown for repairs to Delhi with the nose wheel jutting out because the airline was not sure if the damaged wheel, once retracted, would descend correctly during touchdown.