Monday, July 27, 2020

CB to summon top Air India officials

Thiruvananthapuram: The crime branch probe into fake document case involving Swapna Suresh against an Air India officer has gathered momentum following the gold smuggling case probe. The crime branch has decided to summon Air India executive director (disinvestment) Uma Maheshwari and other ICC members to Thiruvananthapuram to take their statements in the fake document case.
This will be the second time the crime branch is summoning top officials of Air India in the case. Earlier, Maheshwari, Sathiya Subramaniam, general manager (personnel), Chennai, RMS Rajen, assistant general manager (retd) and Leena Vineeth, manager, Thiruvananthapuram, were summoned by the crime branch in January this year for recording their statements.
“They will have to be summoned again since there are some missing links. We have to get more clarity on the earlier statements they gave us,” said B Anil Kumar, DSP, crime branch, who is probing the case.

Swapna had created a fake sexual harassment complaint against an Air India officer and it was probed by the internal committee (ICC) team headed by Maheshwari which had upheld the complaint. The investigation revealed that the ICC had recorded the statement of an impersonated witness, without checking the witness’ identity. The 16 women named in the complaint had revealed during investigation that the ICC of Air India neither contacted then nor recorded their statements.
27/07/20 Times of India
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