Air India has suspended its Regional Director-Eastern Region for allegedly shoplifting a wallet in the duty free area of Sydney airport on June 22.
A senior commander, Capt. Rohit Bhasin was to fly AI301 from Sydney to Delhi, a little after he allegedly committed the shoplifting.The senior pilot was told to not enter the premises of Air India Limited or leave Kolkata, his station, without permission of the airline management. He was also told to handover all his company identity documents.
Officials said that Captain Bhasin told officials that he had just learnt of having become a grandfather and that he was too overwhelmed when he visited the outlet of Tumi, a bags and accessories brand, to buy a gift for his daughter-in-law.
Sanjay Mishra, Air India’s General Manager, Commercial-Eastern Region was given charge of Regional Director-Eastern Region, in addition to his own duties.