Air India suspends regional director Rohit Bashin for alleged shoplifting at Sydney airport

The decision to suspend Captain Rohit Bhasin for alleged shoplifting was taken following a report by the regional manager, Australasia.

Air India has suspended its regional director (eastern region) allegedly for shoplifting a wallet at the duty-free area of Sydney airport on June 22.

The decision to suspend Captain Rohit Bhasin was taken following a report by the regional manager, Australasia. A senior commander, Capt. Rohit Bhasin was to fly AI 301 from Sydney to Delhi, a little after he allegedly committed the shoplifting.

The order signed by Air India’s director (personnel) Amrita Sharan said that with prejudice to any disciplinary action initiated against him and pending enquiry, Capt. Bhasin was being placed under suspension.

The senior pilot was also told not to enter the premises of Air India Ltd. or leave Kolkata, his station, without the permission of the airline management. He was also told to handover all his company identity cards.

On his part, officials said that Capt. Bhasin told officials that he had just learnt of becoming 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.

Air India spokesperson said, the airline lays the highest stress on proper conduct of its staff and has a zero tolerance policy towards acts of impropriety.

“There is an initial report of one of its captains 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,” airline spokesperson, Dhananjay Kumar said.

Capt. Bhasin comes from a family of pilots. While his father Captain Jai Dev Bhasin retired from Indian Airlines, his wife Nivedita and son Rohan also fly for Air India. His daughter Niharika is also a pilot with a private airline.

In another order, Sanjay Mishra, Air India’s general manager, commercial (eastern region) was given the charge of regional director (eastern region) in addition to his own duties.

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