Fired for ‘helping’ accused brother, Kingfisher officer moves HC

With over 16 years' experience in airline security, Mohammed Taufeeq was convinced he had found a firm footing in the industry.

He was employed as a Senior Security Manager with Kingfisher Airlines that had felicitated him with their Best Employee award in February; his wife works as a civil servant in the Delhi state administrative services and his three children study in an elite school; he says he could not have asked for more.

A couple of days have, however, changed his life. Taufeeq's brother flew down from Lucknow to Delhi on September 17 and the airline official was sacked on September 21 on the basis of what transpired in the next two days.

He is now under the scanner of police for allegedly arranging for his brother's get-away from a murder case and his employer sacked him on a the basis of a letter by Delhi Police raising suspicion of his involvement.

"A meagre amount of Rs 1,740 has wrongfully cost me my job, my reputation and my right to live with dignity. I had sent my younger brother Ashif alias Malli an air ticket for this denomination when he said he did not have enough money. I helped him come here because we had to discuss selling our paternal property in Allahabad. I had got a flat in Vasant Kunj in the DDA draw and I needed money to fund it," Taufeeq told Newsline.

Taufeeq's brother is the prime accused in the high-profile kidnapping and murder of Alka Pandey, wife of a retired colonel on September 16 in Uttar Pradesh. Pandey had gone missing from her Tagore Town residence in Allahabad and her body was discovered by Lalganj police in Rae Bareli two days later.

"Ashif landed at Delhi airport around 5 pm and he met me at the security counter for 10 minutes and then left. I was subsequently informed by local police that he was wanted in a serious criminal case in Allahabad. It was I who gave them his number and also took Ashif to the Palam police station where he was detained," Taufeeq said.

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