An Indian businessman has been jailed for all times after planting a pretend hijacking letter in the bathroom of a Jet Airways flight from Delhi to Mumbai.
Birju Salla stated he had hoped the air provider would shut its Delhi operations and his girlfriend – a Jet Airways air stewardess – must transfer to stay with him in Mumbai.
He was additionally fined 50 million rupees ($720,725; £650,877).
Salla is the primary particular person to be tried underneath India’s new anti-hijacking legal guidelines.
The laws carries a minimal sentence of life imprisonment, and a loss of life sentence at its most extreme.
The businessman confessed to writing and printing the risk observe in his Mumbai workplace earlier than catching the flight in October 2017.
It stated 12 hijackers and several other explosives had been onboard, and demanded that the flight be diverted into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
Salla was arrested after the aircraft made an emergency touchdown in Ahmedabad, 483 miles (778km) from its supposed vacation spot.
On the time, he was having an extra-marital affair with an air stewardess from Delhi.
Salla had reportedly requested her to maneuver to Mumbai however she refused, and by defaming the airline, he hoped she would lose her job and be compelled to maneuver in with him as a substitute.
An investigator advised information company AFP that while Salla didn’t commit a hijacking, putting a threatening letter nonetheless qualifies as an tried hijacking underneath Indian legislation.
From the high-quality, every of the plane’s pilots will obtain 100,000 rupees for the “distress undergone by them,” the decide dominated. Each air hostess may even obtain 50,000 rupees, and every passenger every passenger 25,000 rupees.
Salla’s lawyer, Rohit Verma, stated he would enchantment in opposition to the choice.
Jet Airways, as soon as India’s second-largest airline, suspended all home and worldwide flights earlier this yr after operating into monetary problem.