Monday, October 14, 2019

Aviation scam: ED identifies 3 foreign firms with links to Deepak Talwar's close aide

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has claimed to have identified three foreign companies linked to Yasmin Kapoor - a close aide of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar and alleged that these were used to park and launder bribes received in an aviation scandal.
 Talwar is accused of acting as a middleman in arranging kickbacks to public servants and politicians to make Air India give up profit making routes and timings in favour of local and foreign private airlines. Talwar's lawyers have repeatedly denied the charges, calling those 'baseless'. Kapoor is a co-accused in the case and was arrested on October 3.
 Seeking her further custody, the ED, in a remand paper filed last week, told a local court that Stone Travels, a firm controlled by Kapoor, had received more than Rs 6 crore from a Dubai or Mauritius company around the time when the aviation deal involving Air India was struck. The court has extended her remand by nine days.
 Last week ETwas the first to report ED’s claim that Kapoor’s residence on APJ Abdul Kalam Road was owned by Gulshan Promoters Pvt Ltd, one of whose promoters, Devendra Dogra, had allegedly received $3.765 million (about Rs 16 crore) from Gilt Asset Management, a company controlled by Talwar and was accused to have received kickbacks in the aviation deal.
Dogra and Kautilya Pte Ltd of Dubai/Mauritius sent money in the relevant period to Stone Travels which it routed to various entities, the ED told the court. The agency said it had summoned the concerned people for questioning. The ED has claimed to have identified a domestic travel company, Cedar Travels, wherein Talwar, his family members and Yasmin Kapoor are involved.
 14/10/19 Raghav Ohri/Economic Times
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