Chief of the Indian Aviation Industry, E.K. Bharat Bhushan has suddenly dismissed from his position as head of Director General of Civil Aviation, just after six days when Cabinet approved one year extension of additional charge of the post of DGCA to Bhushan .
Shockingly, in a sudden move, order has been delivered in an immediate effect.
It is believed that the Cabinet order’s regarding his extension nod axed his post as being caused by anger of ministry.
No reason for this sudden removal of DGCA regulator has been confirmed by officials of the Civil Aviation ministry, but it is expected that his tough stance to Air India and debt ridden Kingfisher Airlines over payment of due salary to their employees seemed to be go against him.
However, source said, Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh called it a “routine move”.
Bhushan, an IAS officer of the 1979 batch from Kerala cadre, who took over from Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi in December 2010, will now be financial adviser to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, official sources told reporters.
While asking from Bhushan, he told reporters, “When I was asked to take over as DG, I did that. When I was asked to hand over charge to someone else, I complied. I have nothing to add.”
57-year-old Bhusan who had issued extension nod due to lack in search of a suitable candidate, is replaced by Prashant Narain Sukul, presently a Joint Secretary in the Civil Aviation Ministry, will join the post as an additional charge.
In his two years tenure as DGCA for that regulator has to spend long time in the Civil Aviation Ministry to identify the complexities of the aviation sector, Bhusan has served as the toughest officer with effective handling of several issues of two debt laden carriers such as the fake pilots scam.