Deepak Talwar sent to 7day CBI custody in aviation scam

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI was on Friday granted seven-day custody of aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar by a special court here after the court denied him anticipatory bail in the matter earlier the same day. The probe agency had sought custody of Talwar in connection with a UPA-era aviation scam, two years after the agency had registered an FIR in the case.The lobbyist, who was already in judicial custody, lodged at Tihar Jail, in a PMLA case, is the first person the agency will question in custody, in connection with the case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The case pertains to allegations that during senior Congress leader Praful Patel’s time as the Civil Aviation Minister, several profitable air routes and timings were given to private foreign airlines, causing huge losses to the national carrier. While neither Talwar nor any other person is named in the CBI’s FIR, the agency had moved an application in a special court here, seeking custody of the aviation lobbyist, who is also named as an accused in the Air Asia scam and the Advantage India NGO case. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAs Talwar was produced in court on Friday morning, his counsel moved an anticipatory bail plea before special Judge Anil Kumar Sisodia, who denied the plea and dismissed the application after hearing arguments. The CBI then presented an arrest memo, with the court deciding to announce whether Talwar will be sent to police custody or judicial custody after lunch. The defense had argued that the probe agency’s arrest memo did not fulfill all requirements as prescribed by the Supreme Court of India. However, granting CBI Talwar’s custody, the court added that he can meet his lawyers and family members between 5 to 6 pm on alternate days, rejecting the request to meet family members every day. Special judge Sisodia also said that a prescription for his daily medicines must be provided to the CBI’s investigating officer, with a medical check-up to be done every 48 hours. He is to appear before the court again on August 2 at 2 pm. The case that CBI has sought Talwar’s custodial interrogation for pertains to a PIL filed in the Apex court in 2012, which alleged large-scale corruption in the Civil Aviation Ministry during the UPA regime. The Supreme Court had then directed the central agency to register cases to probe these allegations, after which three FIRs and one Preliminary Enquiry were registered by the CBI. This case alleges that “foreign airlines were given unrestricted entry into India and major routes were given to them without taking any reciprocal benefits for Air India”. The CBI goes on to allege that despite warnings of huge losses to the national carrier, Civil Aviation Ministry officials had dishonestly given pecuniary benefits to private, domestic and foreign airlines. Specifically, the CBI alleged that up to four international air routes and nine domestic air routes were awarded to private airlines such as Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Indigo, Spicejet, Paramount Airways, and others, while Air India withdrew its services from these routes. Taking cognizance of this FIR, the ED had registered a money-laundering probe against Talwar, who was earlier questioned and arrested by the financial probe agency in connection with the case. The ED’s probe had revealed that Talwar was paid Rs 272 crore to secure air traffic rights for airlines such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Air Arabia. The ED had also questioned Patel with regards to this case, after allegedly finding a link between him and Talwar.last_img

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