Monday, January 01, 2018

SFIO conducting additional inquiries in Kingfisher Airlines case

New Delhi: The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is carrying out additional inquiries into the case against defunct Kingfisher Airlines, which was owned by defaulter businessman Vijay Mallya.
The white collar crime probe agency, which comes under the corporate affairs ministry, in a report has flagged various violations by individuals, including Mallya, and entities related to Kingfisher Airlines.
When asked about the status of probe into the Kingfisher matter, corporate affairs secretary Injeti Srinivas said one report has been submitted. “One report has been submitted. Some more additional inquiries are taking place,” he told PTI.
Last month, officials had said the ministry has given its approval for the SFIO to file prosecution cases against Mallya and others in the Kingfisher Airlines matter. Specific details about the matter could not be immediately ascertained.
The SFIO had red-flagged a slew of violations of companies law by Mallya, Kingfisher Airlines and officials, including serious corporate governance lapses, officials had said.
Among others, the probe agency had recommended examining the role of some banks as well as bank officials in sanctioning credit facilities to the airline apart from action against promoter directors, they had said.
Mallya, who has been based in the UK for a long time, is wanted in India for Kingfisher Airlines’ default on loans worth nearly Rs9,000 crore and some other matters. The ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have already filed their separate chargesheets against the businessman and other accused.
01/01/18 Press Trust of India/Kashmir Reader