CBI REGISTERS THREE CASES AND ONE PRELIMINARY ENQUIRY

Press Release
New Delhi, 29.05.2017

           The Central Bureau of Investigation has today registered three cases (FIRs) and one Preliminary Enquiry in the light of orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India dated 05.01.2017 passed in SLP (Civil) No. 25545 of 2012 (Centre for Public Interest Litigation Vs. Union of India and others). This SLP had extensively quoted and enclosed the observations of the CAG, Report of Parliamentary Committee on Transport Tourism and Culture dated 21.01.2010 and the Report of Parliamentary Committee on Public Undertakings dated 12.03.2010 in respect of the issues mentioned in the FIR/PE registration report.

           The first case has been registered U/s 120-B r/w 420 of IPC and Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988 against unknown officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation (Govt. of India), Air India and unknown private persons to investigate the allegations relating to purchase of 111 aircrafts for national airlines costing about Rs. 70,000 crore to benefit foreign aircraft manufactures. Such a purchase caused an alleged financial loss to the already stressed national carriers.

           The second case has been registered U/s 120-B r/w 420 of IPC and Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988 against unknown officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation (Govt. of India), NACIL, Air India & private companies and unknown others to investigate the allegations of leasing of large number of aircraft without due consideration, proper route study and marketing or price strategy. It was also alleged that the aircrafts were leased even while aircraft acquisition programme was going on.

           The third case has been registered U/s 120-B r/w 420 of IPC and Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988 against unknown officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation (Govt. of India), NACIL, Air India and other unknown private persons & companies to investigate the allegations for giving up profit making routes and profit making timings of Air India in favour of national and international private airlines causing a huge loss to the national carrier.

           A Preliminary Enquiry has also been registered against unknown officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation (Govt. of India) and unknown others to enquire into the allegations relating to the issue of merger of the two national carriers: Air India and Indian Airlines causing loss to the national exchequer.

           Further investigation is continuing.



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