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    Probe corruption in Air India: Striking pilots

    New Delhi: Indian Commercial Pilot Association (ICPA) leader Captain VK Bhalla has claimed that Air India is not in loss and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into what he called were corruption cases in the airline.

    "The management has been lying about Air India losses. It is only corruption inside Air India and no losses. There should be a CBI probe into it. The management has held back our arrears for over three years now. The 800 pilots refuse to take orders from the Chairman of Air India," said Captain Bhalla in New Delhi on Thursday, the second day of the strike by Air India pilots.

    Bhalla also aplogised to the passengers for the inconvenience caused to them due to the pilots's strike. However, he blamed the Air India management for forcing the pilots to take the extreme step of strike.

    "But their inconvenience is because of the management and not us. We have never demanded that (Air India Chairman) Arvind Jadhav should be removed. Our only demand is salary and allowances of all the pilots should be the same and our three years arrears should be given," he said.

    Air India management has already hit back at the striking pilots sacking eight of them and suspending four.

    As of now, the pilots get paid according to the number of hours they fly. But with route cancellations after the Air India-Indian Airlines merger, they claim they are being paid about 40 per cent less.