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    Nepotism rife at DGCA, Vyalar plays blame game

    New Delhi: Heads have started rolling at Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Air Safety director RS Passi is the first top official to be removed from his post after the fake pilot racket came to light.

    He had allegedly prevailed on SpiceJet to employ his daughter Garima as a pilot though she failed her cadet programme.

    But Garima could be just the tip of the iceberg.

    Joint Director General AK Sharan's daughter Rashmi Sharan is a pilot in Indigo airlines - the airline told CNN-IBN they were under no pressure to hire her.

    Deputy Director-general Charan Dass's daughter is an engineer with SpiceJet. Former Joint director-general RP Sahi's son works as a first officer for Jet Airways.

    All three have been asked to explain the circumstances of their children's employment. DGCA sources say that a inquiry could be conducted.

    Civil aviation minister Vyalar Ravi puts the blame for the fake pilot racket squarely on the DGCA.

    About 4000 commercial pilots are under DGCA scrutiny. But with the officials tasked with the job of regulating airlines themselves under scrutiny, fliers can be excused for feeling shaky.