Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Aviation scam: Court to pass order on bail plea of lobbyist Deepak Talwar on October 3

A Delhi court will pronounce order on October 3 on the bail application of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar who has been charge sheeted in connection with an aviation scam which allegedly led to losses for Air India. Special judge Anil Kumar Sisodia, who extended Talwar's judicial custody till October 16, reserved the order on his bail application after hearing the arguments from him as well as the CBI, which is probing the case.
In his bail application, Talwar claimed that the probe against him was over since the charge sheet was already filed and there was no need to keep him in custody.
The CBI, however, opposed the application, saying that if granted the relief, Talwar could flee from justice and hamper the investigation which was still on.
The court also said it will take up the charge sheet for consideration on October 16.
The CBI on September 23 filed the charge sheet in the case against Talwar, deported from Dubai in January this year, and others for the offence punishable under Section 8 of Prevention of Corruption Act, besides other offences.
The section deals with illegal gratification to influence public servant and carry a maximum jail term of seven years.
Besides Talwar, who is currently in judicial custody in the case, the charge sheet also names his close aide Yasmeen Kapoor and Maya B Puri, Stone Travel Private Limited, Cedar Travels, Deepak Talwar & Associates and Asia Field Limited.
The agency had on July 26 taken Talwar into custody inside the courtroom, moments after the judge dismissed his anticipatory bail application. He was later sent to judicial custody on August 9.
According to the investigative agency, Talwar had acted as a middleman in negotiations to favour foreign private airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia, by making national carrier Air India give up profit making routes and timings.
01/10/19 PTI/Economic Times
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