Friday, March 17, 2017

Cambata Aviation to open a can of political worms, ED begins examination

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has decided to look into the written complaint filed by employees of Cambata Aviation and will examine whether the now-defunct ground handling company was involved in any financial irregularities or money laundering activities in early years and who were the beneficiaries.
In the next few months, the ED team would gather all required documents and details against Cambata Aviation and its directors, and also those individuals who were directly or indirectly associated with 2700 employees.
"Once, we get crucial evidences and details in our hand against the company, then only ECIR would be filed to begin an in-depth probe and to take action", the source told
Started in 1954, Cambata Aviation shut its operations in August 2016 leaving in lurch the families of its 2,700 employees who had not been paid salaries, provident fund and other dues for months, running into Rs 110 crore.
Of late, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also shown interest in taking the case to its logical end and instructed the agency to probe the complaint.
Social activist Anjali Damania, an authorised representative of workers for Cambata Aviation, has alleged that the Cambata family which owns and manages the defunct entity has transferred hundreds of crores from the ground handling business to their other off-shore companies registered in tax havens.
16/03/17 Virendrasingh Ghunawat/India Today