15 January, 2021

AirAsia ‘conspiracy’: A Flight of Paper Evidence

The focus of the CBI’s AirAsia ‘conspiracy’ case may shift away from the Tata Trusts managing trustee

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AirAsia ‘conspiracy’: A Flight of Paper Evidence

With the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) charging the airline with criminal conspiracy, for trying to change aviation rules in its favour, the corruption taint on AirAsia has got Tata Trusts managing trustee Ramachandran Venkataramanan placed on the top of the list of accused. A set of documents acc­essed and reviewed by Outlook def­lects the focus elsewhere.

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In its FIR, the central agency has named Venkataramanan, AirAsia Berhad (AAB) group CEO Anthony ‘Tony’ Fernandes and AAB group deputy CEO T. Kanalingam, along with lobbyists Deepak Talwar and Rajendra Dubey. Venkataramanan is accused of securing “mandatory app­rovals, some of them through non-transparent means, including the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) clearance, NOC and the...



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