Saturday, April 30, 2011

Striking Air India pilots remain defiant; ready to go to jai

Mumbai: Despite the Delhi High Court ordering the striking Air India pilots to get back to work and the airline management threatening stern action and declaring a lock-out, the 850-plus agitating pilots today said they will go ahead with the stir and are willing to go the jail.

"We are more than willing to go jail. Nearly 31,000 Air India employees will also be ready to court arrest because we are serious about saving the national carrier from ruin," Rishab Kapur, general secretary of the banned Indian Commercial Pilot Associations (ICPA), told reporters here this evening. The strike entered its third day Friday.

He demanded a CBI probe into "corruption" in the airline under the leadership of Managing Director Arvind Jadhav.

"We are willing to get back to work provided the Government assures that they will look into the corruption issue raised by us and order a CBI enquiry."

Kapur also demanded to make public portion of the Niira Radia tape that allegedly speaks about the hidden agenda of the Air India management to sell the Government-run airline to a private party.



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