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Carping Tata pilot couple grounded

Three weeks after he filed a complaint against Tata Steel management with a court, pilot Amanjeet Singh received an e-mail that he had been sacked from the company’s aviation wing.

His wife Jasbir Kaur, also a pilot with Tata Steel, also received marching orders.

The pilot read the official mail that stated the termination of his services on Sunday.

Amanjeet had lodged a complaint with the court of chief judicial magistrate Piyush Kumar on November 3.

In his complaint, he had alleged the Tata Steel management had stopped him from flying an aircraft for the last couple of months and withheld two months’ salary amounting to Rs 2.16 lakh.

Amanjeet also accused Tata Steel chief of administration (corporate services) M.G. Singh of “threatening” him in September.

Amanjeet, who reported directly to Singh, was unhappy over not being allowed to fly and held his boss responsible for it.

On the basis of the complaint, chief judicial magistrate Kumar referred the case to first class judicial magistrate A. K. Vaisya, who in turn asked Kadma police on November 18 to register a case against Tata Steel, the company’s managing director and Tata Steel chief of administration (corporate services) M.G. Singh.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the pilot said the company had paid him his outstanding dues on Sunday.

But, Amanjeet was adamant regarding his complaint against Singh. He added if need be, he would move Jharkhand High Court.

In-charge of Tata Steel’s corporate communications Ashish Kumar confirmed that services of pilots Amanjeet and Jasbir Kaur as well as one Ritesh Sood had been terminated.

“Disassociation of pilots is an ongoing process to rightsize the number of pilots with regard to aircraft numbers. Captain Amanjeet Singh and Captain Ritesh Sood have Directorate General of Civil Aviation inquiries for unsafe flying pending against them. Jasbir’s performance was found unsatisfactory,” Kumar told The Telegraph.

However, Kumar refused to comment on Amanjeet’s allegations against Singh.

Kadma police officer-in-charge Raju Thakur confirmed he received the court’s directive with regard to Amanjeet’s petition.

“We will register a case as the order has come from the court. We have started preliminary investigations, following which the case will be lodged,” he said Thakur.