Monday, August 28, 2006

Jet yet to clear security

New Delhi: After A high-level review, the government has decided it is not yet time to give Jet Airways's Naresh Goyal the security clearance he so desperately needs to start the airline's US operations. Reason: investigations are still on.
The Enforcement Directorate was probing possible foreign-exchange violations by Goyal, sources said. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Committee of Secretaries chaired by cabinet secretary B.K. Chaturvedi on August 25. The US department of transportation has asked India for this clearance before Jet Airways can be allowed to start flying to that country. The airline wants to commence Mumbai-Newark flights from next summer; earlier, the launch date was June 23, 2006. The unfinished investigation refers to alleged foreign exchange violations by Goyal in obtaining $14.4 million from the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank of the UAE.
28/08/06 K.A. Badarinath/Hindustan Times
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