Supreme Court Slaps Fine on Airblue, Shaheen Air in Fake Degree Case; Orders Airblue to Compensate 2010 Crash Victims

May 13, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday imposed fine of Rs50,000 on Airblue and Rs100,000 on Shaheen Air over delaying tactics used in submitting details of degrees of their staff.

The chief justice observed that despite the passage of three to four months, Shaheen Air had done nothing. The airline sought further time for submitting details about degrees of its staff.

A three-judge bench headed by chief justice Saqib Nisar was hearing case relating to allegations of fake degrees held by pilots of different airlines at the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry.

The chief justice also directed the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to get the degrees of staff of local airlines verified from the universities concerned in 15 days.

The bench also took up some other petitions and suo motu cases during the hearing:

The top court expressed dismay over Airblue’s failure to pay compensation for victims of the 2010 air crash and directed the airline to deposit the compensation amount (Rs5m for each affected family) in the court on Sunday after acting managing director of Airblue Junaid Khan conceded before the bench that families of all victims had not been compensated so far due to litigation.

147 people were killed when the plane crashed into the Margalla hills in Islamabad on July 28, 2010.

The chief justice directed the airline to submit a check of compensation not paid yet along with the list of the victims as well as record of litigation to the additional registrar of the apex court in Islamabad on Sunday.

The bench also directed the inspector general (IG) of Islamabad police to produce the record regarding another air crash of a plane belonging to Bhoja Air after a relative of a victim said a judicial inquiry into the 2012 crash had fixed responsibility for the accident.

He said he had lodged a case against the airline owners and others held responsible for the air crash by the judicial commission, but police and the Federal Investigation Agency were apparently not interested in investigating the case.

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