During the flight, the "co-pilot" had allegedly slapped the lady commander and then the cockpit was left unmanned on two occasions when he went out to bring her back in.
"Malhotra would collect money from some bullion dealers in Delhi and send it via some air hostess to select foreign destinations". He said Malhotra used crew members for smuggling forex.
The money was being used for purchasing gold overseas and later sent to India illegally, the official said. A top official at the organization told the Times of India that the male pilot's actions called for "extreme measures". The accused was intercepted by DRI officials when she was on a flight to Hong Kong on Monday, it said.
Jet Airways had initially grounded the two pilots following an incident during a 9-hour trip from London to Mumbai on Jan 1. "At Jet Airways, safety of guests, crew and assets is of paramount importance", a spokesperson said. As per sources, the crew member was befriended by Amit who convinced her to ferry the money.
"Amit Malhotra has been illegally smuggling forex for over one year. We are also trying to find out the details of bullion dealers involved in this syndicate", he added.
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The flight, which carried 324 passengers, landed safely in Mumbai, but Jet Airways grounded the two pilots while the airline investigated the incident, which anxious cabin crew and passengers during the flight, Fox reported.
The Jet Airways has said that it would take further action against the staff member. The employee has been taken into custody.
"Jet Airways has a strict code of conduct and zero tolerance towards any action of its employees that contravenes domestic or global laws of the countries ino which it operates".
A Delhi court sent the Jet Airways flight attendant and Amit to two-day judicial custody.