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CBI files chargesheet against Deepak Talwar, others

Deepak Talwar.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The CBI has filed a chargesheet against corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar and others in an aviation scam case.

Among those named as accused in the chargesheet are Yasmin Kapoor, Maya B. Puri, Stone Travel Private Limited, Cedar Travels, Deepak Talwar & Associates and Asia Field Limited.

The agency has invoked provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act against the accused persons.

Mr. Talwar was deported from the United Arab Emirates in January. He was subsequently arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the aviation scam case. In July, the CBI took seven-day custody of him for interrogation.

“Mr. Talwar allegedly conspired and lobbied along with his said aides to facilitate bilateral agreements in favour of foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates, Air Arabia and Air Asia, for enhancement of seat entitlements and points of call, which caused loss to national carriers, [erstwhile] Indian Airlines and Air India,” said a CBI official.

It is alleged that international carriers got more points of call, while Air India had only one. They also took advantage of the 6th freedom traffic rights, under which they carried passengers travelling to countries other than their own.

The ED has alleged that in lieu of the favours, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia paid about ₹272 crore in commission. Based on the findings, the agency had attached Hotel Holiday Inn worth ₹120.20 crore in the money laundering case and also filed a chargesheet.


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