An IndiGo employee, working at its customer care desk in Pune airport, was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly making a hoax bomb call, which affected its Delhi-Mumbai flight schedule on May 2.
The call about the bomb threat in the Mumbai-bound flight, which was set to depart from the Delhi airport, was received at 8.15 am on May 2 at the office of IndiGo Airlines.
A few months ago, the National Investigation Agency also booked a Mumbai-based jeweller for making a similar hoax call, under the new stringent anti-hijacking laws.
Subsequently, a few Mumbai-bound flights were checked and the call was declared a hoax.
The mandatory meeting of the Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) was immediately convened at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), which declared that it was a "hoax" call after about two hours.
"The notice left him depressed and he made a decision to teach the airlines a lesson by making the false call", said the DCP.
A case was registered and police zeroed in on the owner of the mobile phone from which the call was made.
Bhat, the only son of an executive engineer-rank officer, had passed intermediate and got a diploma in hospitality and aviation in 2013.
The accused is serving as customer service officer in Indigo at the Pune airport. So, company officials had issued a verbal termination notice, asking him to improve his performance in three months.
In the latest incident, the airline offloaded a passenger from a flight alleging unruly behaviour with crew members.