In a major embarrassment for the Indian national carrier, Air India, its Captain Rohit Bhasin the Regional Director (East) of was allegedly caught shoplifting on Saturday at Sydney airport before operating a flight.
Captain Bhasin is one of the most senior commanders of Air India. He was to operate the Air India flight AI 301, which flies from Sydney to Delhi.
However, before he boarded the flight, Bhasin was reportedly caught shoplifting a wallet at one of the duty-free stores at Sydney.
“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.
Authorities swung into action immediately, with the airline placing its regional director (East) under suspension without pay.
In an official statement, Air India said that it has constituted an inquiry to investigate the matter.
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.