- Birju Kishore Salla, 37, was arrested in October last year
- He left a note in the plane's washroom warning of a hijack
- Mr Salla placed under third category, the harshest one
Incidentally, he was also the first to be charged under the stringent Anti-Hijacking Act which had replaced the vintage law of 1982.
Birju Kishore Salla, 37 was arrested in October last year by the crime branch following the emergency landing made by the Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways plane at the Ahmedabad airport after the pilot was alerted about a note about hijackers and a bomb which was found in the plane's washroom by a cabin crew.
"Mr Salla, the guy who had created the hijack scare in a Jet Airways flight last year, is the first person to be put on the no fly list," a senior DGCA official said confirming the development.
The then Union Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, had advised airlines to put him on the no-fly list, in addition to other statutory criminal action.
Under the revised civil aviation requirement (CAR), a passenger can be considered to be placed under three categories of unruly behaviour, with category three bearing the harshest punishement.
Birju Kishore Salla has been placed under the third category.
Unruly behaviour is probed by an internal committee set up by every domestic airline under the chairmanship of a retired District and Sessions judge.
Birju Kishore Salla is a multi-millionaire jeweller with an office in the Zaveri Bazar in Mumbai and a flat in a posh locality of the metropolis.
The note, placed by Birju Kishore Salla, stated that there were hijackers and a bomb in the cargo area.
He had confessed to preparing the note, hoping the threat could make Jet Airways close operation in Delhi and his girlfriend, who works in the airlines Delhi office, comes back to Mumbai.
According to the crime branch, the note was a printed note in Urdu and English, asking that the plane be flown straight to POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). It ended with the words, "Allah is Great". The reference to POK made investigators suspicious because Pakistan-based terrorists call the area 'Azad Kashmir'.
According to the DGCA, it is the responsibility of Jet Airways now to inform other airlines about the grounding of this particular passenger under the CAR. The DGCA will continue to maintain database of such passengers.
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