Air India suspends regional director Rohit Bhasin, allegedly Shoplifting wallet at Sydney airport, report by the regional manager, Australasia. A senior Air India pilot has been suspended on the charge of stealing a card case from a duty-free shop at Sydney airport but denies the charge, claiming a “misunderstanding” at a time he had been distracted by good news from home. Acting on the complaint, the Air India management placed Rohit Bhasin under suspension for shoplifting.
Mr Bhasin was rostered as one of the commanders (pilots) of Air India flight AI301, which was set to depart on June 22 from Sydney airport for Delhi. Air India has instituted an enquiry into this incident and has placed the captain under suspension," a spokesperson of the airline said. 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.
The Air India spokesperson said the carrier lays the highest stress on the proper conduct of its staff and has a zero tolerance policy towards acts of impropriety. “The lady assisting customers at the store asked me why I was taking a card case that was for demonstration and said she would give me a fresh one. I agreed. In the meantime, my wife called me from India and said I had become a grandfather. Air India has instituted an enquiry into this incident and has placed the captain under suspension, the official statement stated.
The spokesperson said, "Air India lays the highest stress on proper conduct of its staff and has a zero tolerance policy towards acts of impropriety. In another order, Sanjay Mishra, Air India’s General Manager, Commercial-Eastern Region was given charge of Regional Director-Eastern Region, in addition to his own duties.