A Delhi court has awarded life term to a CA for creating a hijack scare on a Goa-Delhi Indigo flight in 2009. Jitender Kumar Mohla had triggered the hijack alert in February 2009 on board by threatening the crew and passengers with claims of "infected" needles and gun.
He was convicted under the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Civil Aviation Act, 1982 but was acquitted under the Anti Hijacking Act as nothing objectionable was found from him after his arrest. Mohla allegedly entered the cockpit and sparked panic by claiming that he had hijacked the plane. He also warned the crew that he was an accused in the Kandahar hijacking of 1999 and was carrying needles with which he would "infect" others if resisted.
The crew and some passengers overpowered Mohla and he was arrested the next day. His behaviour had forced the pilot to send a hijack alert, causing scare and panic at the Delhi airport. The plane made an emergency landing and was isolated two and a half hours after it was confirmed that the landing took place due to the hijack drama.