Air India has placed its regional director for East Rohit Bhasin under suspension.
According to reports, quoting officials of Air India, regional director Rohit Bhasin has been suspended for allegedly shoplifting a wallet from a duty-free shop in Sydney Airport.
As per media reports, top AI official Bhasin was rostered as on eof the commanders (pilots) of AI301 flight.
The Delhi-bound flight was scheduled to depart from Sydney Airport at 10.45 am (local time) on June 22, 2019.
It has been reported that Air India has instituted a probe into the incident.
The reports quoted a spokesperson of Air India as saying: “There is an initial report of one of its captains Mr 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.”
The suspension order has reportedly been issued by Air India on Saturday.
“It has been reported by regional manager Australasia that you allegedly committed an act of shoplifting from a duty free shop at Sydney airport before the departure of flight AI301 of 22nd June, 2019, from Sydney airport for which you were rostered as one of the Commander,” the suspension order stated.
The order further stated: “Without prejudice to any disciplinary action to be initiated against you and pending enquiry, you are hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect.”
The airline spokesperson said Air India has a zero tolerance policy towards acts of impropriety and it lays the highest stress on proper conduct of its employees.