Air India Suspends Employee For ‘Shoplifting’ at Sydney Airport

Air India has suspended its Regional Director for East, Rohit Bhasin, for allegedly shoplifting a wallet.

Published23 Jun 2019, 07:44 PM IST
India
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Air India has suspended its Regional Director for East, Rohit Bhasin, for allegedly shoplifting a wallet from a duty-free shop at the Sydney airport, officials said Sunday, 23 June.

Bhasin, who has also been barred from entering Air India premises without permission, was rostered as one of the commanders (pilots) of AI301 flight, which was set to depart at 10.45 am (local time) on 22 June from the Sydney airport for Delhi.

"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," a spokesperson for the airline said.

The suspension order issued by the airline on Saturday stated:

“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 Commanders.”

The airline spokesperson said, "The incident happened around 6.30 am IST at Sydeny and suspension order was served on the captain at the airport itself on landing of the Sydney-Delhi flight around 7.30 pm. Very quick and exemplary action has been taken."

Besides barring from entering premises, the order also directed him to surrender his identity card.

"You will not enter the premises of Air India Ltd without written permission of the management...You will surrender your PIC/ Company identity card to Regional Security Head, Air India Ltd, Kolkata," it said.

The airline has also directed him not to leave his station (Kolkata) without written permission of the management, nor engage in any employment or avocation.

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