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Gujarat elections 2017: Seaplanes for aam janta haven’t moved past MoU stage as yet

Amdavadis were treated to the sight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking off in a seaplane from Sabarmati riverfront to Dharoi Dam to offer prayers at Ambaji temple on Tuesday, the last day of campaigning before the second phase. This has given Amdavadis hope of travelling by a seaplane themselves in the near future, but little do they know that though a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding this connectivity was signed at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit this year, nothing concrete has happened after that.DNA had reported in January that to boost aviation, the government had planned seaplane connectivity — wherever there is a water body — across Gujarat.An MoU was signed between Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GUJSAIL) and Supreme Airlines to promote this new mode of transport. Speaking to DNA, Captain Akash Agarwal, vice-president, Supreme Airlines, had said, “We will start operations by April this year from the Sabarmati riverfront, and thereafter connect various other destinations. Aviation enthusiasts can enjoy joy rides or use it to commute to tourist spots surrounded by water. We will invest Rs 40 crore. As of now, we operate in Rajasthan.”However, since there has been no talks this since then. Sources in aviation sector say the tendering process for seaplane connectivity is yet to be undertaken. “The MoU was signed with Supreme Airlines, which presently operates between Ahmedabad and Jodhpur,” says a source. “Perhaps they are looking for land and will begin the tendering process after that. As of now, nothing has happened on that front.”Speaking about PM’s seaplane, highly-placed sources said, “The entire arrangement was made by the Centre in partnership with SpiceJet. The central government intends to implement seaplane connectivity across the country. A demonstration was conducted recently in Mumbai and today (on Tuesday), there was another demonstration.””To implement amphibian planes,” informed another source, “firstly, a jetty is required, and then the necessary infrastructure. Once these are in place, various permissions will have to be sought.”TWITTER JIBEFormer J&K CM Omar Abdullah questioned the PM’s protocol on Twitter. “How is it that the security guidelines were relaxed for this flight? No Z+ protectee is allowed to fly in a single engine aircraft.”

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Awkward start to Vijay Mallya case in Westminster court

It was a dramatic start to the highly anticipated extradition case of Vijay Mallya, the Indian magnate accused of $1.4 billion fraud by the government authorities.Moments before his 10am hearing, an alarm forced evacuation of the court house. The flamboyant businessman had to stand outside of Westminster Magistrates Court while a hostile scrum of international reporters peppered him with questions. He didn’t comment. He paced for 45 mins but he couldn’t shake the throng of journalists.Nearly an hour later, his hearing begins with the opening remarks of the lawyer representing the Indian government, Mark Summers.In his opening statement he says the focus will be on three Kingfisher loans.It’s clear that this will be a dry, document-led case. The judge is handed four thick binders of document evidence. There is an issue with the pagination of the volumes. It seems that how the documents have been page numbered has led to confusion. It’s an awkward start for the prosecution.Mallya’s face is impassive; if he is finding the courthouse confusion funny, he is giving nothing away.A request for a bank loan by Kingfisher Airlines is where prosecution’s evidence begins.”1st Oct 2009, a letter from Kingfisher asking for a loan of 9.5 thousand crores…a week later, on the 7th Oct 2009 Kingfisher puts in a second bid for another loan of 150 crore,” said Summers.”This was an airline in trouble at this stage (Oct 2009) and that is why it was looking for assistance for a large amount from a number of banks.”Mallya looked down and stifled a yawn. The morning session was highly technical.When Mallya pops out for a coffee and smoke during the break he is swarmed once again by reporters. He says he has nothing to say and tells them to wait for his defence lawyer, Claire Montgomery, to present his case.The afternoon session resumed and Summers continued to outline the case.”It was clear that he was never going to pay back the loans,” says Summers.”His company was in intensive care, it was heading in one direction and as it went down it was going to sustain huge losses,” he went on that “either you (Mallya) take those losses on yourself and impinge on yourself or put it (the debt) on the bank.”Two weeks have been booked to hear this case. Mallya’s lawyer will outline his defence on Tuesday. The verdict will likely come out in early January. There is a lot of speculation if he will or won’t be extradited, but one thing that is guaranteed is the media circus around his case is set to continue.
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Singapore Airlines flight ‘mistakes’ Juhu airport as CSAI

The civil aviation industry was on Monday abuzz about a Singapore Airlines flight SQ422 (Singapore-Mumbai) which mistakenly approached Juhu airport for landing instead of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).However, the pilot realised the mistake just in time and corrected his course by making a ‘go-around’ before landing at the correct airport.The incident, if true, could have turned catastrophic as the runway at Juhu airport is much smaller than the desired length for larger aircraft and it is surrounded by tall structures. The Airbus A350 had 245 passengers and 14 crew members on board. The distance between the runways in both the airports is 1.5 km and is published as caution internationally to all pilots.Juhu airport is the oldest civil aviation airport in the country and currently handles only helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft for chartered flights. It is also used for aircraft carrying workers to oil rigs owned by ONGC in Bombay High seas.However, Singapore Airlines denied the allegations saying that at no time did the pilots of the Airbus 350 aircraft mistake Juhu airport asCSIA. “Due to poor visibility conditions, the crew discontinued the approach to Runway 09 at approximately 1000 feet, in accordance with standard operating procedures,” spokesperson of the airline said. Furthermore, the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Mumbai then vectored the flight for a subsequent approach on to Runway 09, he added.A CSIA official said that the pilot had to opt for go-around due to the sun and smoggy weather. The visibility was around 3 km for most part of the day on Monday due to the weather forecast on account of Cyclone Ockhi.
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Kishangarh airport gets wings: 1st flight set to take off today

Supreme Airlines’ flight from Kishangarh to Udaipur on December 1 will mark the beginning of air operations from recently inaugurated Kishangarh airport.Supreme Airlines is already operating on many other routes in the state under the regional connectivity scheme ( RCS).Giving the information, Airport Director Ashok Kapoor said: “Supreme Airlines is starting its regular flights from Kishangarh now,” he said. The one-hour flight between Kishangarh and Udaipur will depart from Kishangarh at 1230 hours.There are plans by airlines to start the services between Kishangarh and Delhi it has been demanding that the minimum landing charges at Delhi airport should be waived.For this, it has written a letter Jayant Sinha minister of state for civil aviation and Kota Member of Parliament Om Birla.There are also proposals by another carrier to start its services from Kishangarh. Sources, inform that the airline is waiting to get the VGF (viability gap funding) under the RCS . Notably, all these flights are being offered at fares of Rs 2500. Under this scheme, 35 unserved airports of state were listed, including Kishangarh.
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Rakesh Asthana to remain CBI special director, SC dismisses Prashant Bhushan’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as special director of the CBI.Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO Common Cause, had said that Asthana’s appointment was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a raid conducted by the Income Tax department at the offices and other premises of company Sterling Biotech Ltd.However, the Centre had opposed the plea saying Asthana had an outstanding career and had supervised over 40 high profile cases like coal scam, Kingfisher Airlines, AugustaWestland scam, blackmoney and money laundering cases.
ALSO READ Rajath Singh evades query on CBI special director Rakesh Asthana’s involvement in corruption caseBhushan had said the diary showed the name of Asthana as having received illegal gratification from a company and the CBI had recently registered an FIR in a money laundering case against the accused firm and some public servants.Demanding quashing of Asthana’s appointment, the petitioner has sought a direction to the Centre to transfer him out of the agency during the pendency of investigation.
ALSO READ CBI forms special team headed by Rakesh Asthana to investigate AgustaWestand, MallyaWhile seeking Asthana’s ouster, the plea noted the special director was the second in command in the CBI after the director and supervised almost all important cases being handled by the agency. Asthana has served as the commissioner of the Police in Vadodara and Surat. He had also examined the case of Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. The absconding Narayan Sai was caught on the Haryana-Delhi border. (With agency inputs)

Smoke on IndiGo flight forces plane to land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After smoke inside the cabin was noticed onboard, an IndiGo plane carrying 170 passengers made an emergency landing immediately after taking off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi. The incident took place on Wednesday at 5.20 am.Sources at the airport stated that the flight number 6E-719 of IndiGo Airlines to Vishakhapatnam took off from IGI airport at returned 10 minutes later after passengers started complaining of smoke inside the cabin. “There was also a drop in cabin pressure leading to oxygen masks being automatically deployed,” said the source.Even after making an emergency landing, the airline refused to accept that smoke was coming out of the cabin. In a statement, IndiGo stated that it was a “false alarm” over a “burning smell” in the cabin. However, keeping passenger safety in mind, a “precautionary landing” was made.According to an IndiGo spokesperson: “IndiGo flight 6E-719 (Delhi-Visakhapatnam) carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi on Wednesday due to a false alarm. After take-off from Delhi, the cabin crew advised flight crew about a burning smell in the cabin. Keeping the safety and security of passengers in mind, the captain-in-command informed the ATC and carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi.”The statement also added that after the plane returned to Delhi it was inspected thoroughly and “no oil leakages or electrical burn residues were identified.”In another incident, a man who flew on an international IndiGo flight filed a police complaint alleging that the crew refused to accept payment in Indian currency for the food he bought.INCIDENTS INVOLVING INDIGONov 7: A video surfaced showing a passenger being assaulted and dragged on the tarmac at Delhi airport by the staff of IndiGo airlines. The airlines issued an apology on Twitter on Nov 7.
Nov 12: A passenger fell off her wheelchair while being assisted by an employee of IndiGo at Lucknow airport. The AAI said the reason behind the mishap was “gross negligence of Indigo staff”.

PMLA Case: Vijay Mallya appears in UK court, lawyers say he fears for life in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya arrived at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today for his pre-trial extradition hearing.The 61-year-old businessman, out on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard earlier this year, had been exempt from appearing before the court until his extradition trial scheduled to begin December 4.He has repeatedly stressed that he has done nothing wrong and will let the evidence speak in court.The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which is arguing the case against Mallya on behalf of the Indian authorities, had presented additional “supplemental” charges of money laundering to the previous charges of fraud at the last hearing in the case on October 3.The previous fraud charges relate to Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines owing more than Rs 9,000 crore to various Indian banks.The UB Group chief has been on self-imposed exile in the UK since he fled India on March 2, 2016.The CPS said it was technically re-filing its extradition request in court, after the new charges “superseded” the previous ongoing case.The judge, Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot, agreed to formally re-open a fresh case while keeping to the same time-table as set before.However, she had concurred with Mallya’s defence team that if further evidence keeps coming in it could put the December 4 trial date at “risk” before releasing him on the same bail conditions as before.The conditions of his bail include providing a bail bond worth 650,000 pounds, assuring the court of abiding by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, such as the surrender of his passport and a ban on him possessing any travel documents.Arbuthnot has been hearing Mallya’s extradition case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on his previous arrest warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April.If she rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, the UK home secretary must order Mallya’s extradition within two months.However, the case can go through a series of appeals before arriving at a conclusion.India and the UK have an Extradition Treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place from the UK to India under the arrangement Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.Judge Arbuthnot and her colleague, Rebecca Crane, at Westminster Magistrates’ court have rejected two other long- pending extradition requests from India recently, that of UK- based alleged bookie Sanjeev Kumar Chawla on October 16 and a British Indian couple, Jatinder and Asha Rani Angurala, on October 12, relating to bank fraud.The case against Chawla, the key accused in the cricket match-fixing scandal involving former South African captain Hanse Cronje in 2000, was discharged on human rights grounds over severe conditions in Delhi’s Tihar Jail where he was to be held after being extradited.The Anguralas were discharged on grounds of over 25 years having passed.The Indian government has sought an appeal over the magistrates’ court decision on Chawla in the high court and a judge is set to decide if an appeal can be submitted. PTI AK KUN

Another airport shocker: Lufthansa locked me up for 4 hours in Munich, says visually-impaired flier

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Disability and gender right activist, Nidhi Goyal had a harrowing time in Munich airport last Thursday. Nidhi, who is also a stand-up comedian was not allowed to leave the disability lounge for over four hours, and wasn’t even offered food and drinks despite repeatedly pleading for it. Nidhi who was travelling from Mexico City to Mumbai had a stopover at Munich airport. She was flying by Lufthansa Airlines. Nidhi who is visually challenged had a six and half hour long stopover in the German city. When she was escorted to the disability lounge, Nidhi was assured of help in procuring food after some time. However, in reality Nidhi claims that she was rudely rebuffed by the lady attendant of the lounge. Not only did she refuse to assist Nidhi to grab food from the cafe nearby, the comedian was even not allowed to get out of the lounge. After Nidhi raised a hue and cry, a senior member of the Lufthansa staff came and said that she didn’t book any additional services, hence wouldn’t be getting them. However, according to Nidhi, her ticket clearly mentioned that she needed assistance. Nidhi despite having valid visa was allegedly denied the right of leaving the airport to meet a friend who had come to visit. She wasn’t even given her boarding pass. Being hypoglycaemic, she needed food urgently but was refused. The harrowing experience of being confided in the lounge room without food continued till it was the time for boarding her connecting flight. It was nearly four-and-half hours of struggling without food and drinks for the Mumbai-based comedian. According to Nidhi, who is a frequent flier and has travelled round the world for her pursuits, she has ‘never been humiliated’ like this. Despite raising the issue on Twitter, so far Lufthansa hasn’t reacted proactively and have just asked to file a detailed form to look into the matter. Nidhi who is a disability rights activist believes the issue is not about her, but it is about people with special needs who are often left to fend for themselves due to lack of empathy from organisations. Nidhi said that she has been much better treated in India and abroad, and this truly came as a rude shock to her. The activist is demanding a formal apology, compensation for the trauma faced and also a formal action plan for course correction. When DNA reached out to Lufthansa Airlines, the company said, “We are sorry to hear about Ms Goyal’s encounter in Munich. At this point we are investigating into the incident to ensure comprehensive understanding relating to all parties involved. We appreciate your understanding for the time being.”In India too, we have heard stories about apathy towards people with special needs, the most famous being the case of activist Jeeja Ghosh,who was offloaded from a Spice Jet plane. The airlines was finally asked by SC to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation.

Prez Ram Nath Kovind’s daughter gets ground role at Air India due to security reasons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind’s daughter Swati, who was an air hostess with national carrier Air India, has been assigned ground duties because of security reasons, according to the airline’s spokesperson.Swati, who doesn’t use a surname, was a cabin crew on Air India’s long-haul Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 flights, but for nearly a month now she has been deputed with Air India’s integration department at the airline’s headquarters, the official said.The department oversees human resource integration of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India since their merger in 2007.”As a President’s daughter, I don’t think she can fly as a crew with security personnel around. It is not possible to block so many passenger seats,” an airline source explained.

AAI to relax norms, float partial privatisation tender soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major step, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is again in the process to float a tender with added features and relaxed conditions for partial privatisation of Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports.The bidding process that began early this year, after AAI had rejected Singapore’s Changi airport’s proposal to operate and maintain both airports, was extended several times, on various grounds.The AAI had received nearly 12 registrations including from international players until now but this step has raised number of questions. The AAI had invited Request for Proposal (RFP) from bidders for operation and maintenance of ‘select areas’ of the Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports late last year. The select areas include passenger terminal building, airport operations control centre, fire control room, kerb side approach road and passenger boarding bridges, apron area, including provision of ground handling services through approved ground handling and surface car park, among others, as per the bid document.Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI said, “We have had several interactions with potential bidders with an aim to find out their perceptions. Based on those, we have decided to add more conditions and features to the existing tender. The same is under the consideration by the Ministry and a decision is likely by this month end. Once approved, we will float the tender.”However, sources said the bidders have several issues with the tender terms and conditions and are not willing to come to Ahmedabad and Jaipur to manage.Sources say that the norms and conditions in the existing tender are extremely stringent due to which bidders fear a lot of interference from the AAI.An airport operator said, “Bidders want to have some development on the land processes. At present, the conditions are quite stringent. Out of 33 parameters, operator has to get more than 4.5 out of five on international scoring and if the score is less, then the airport authority will invoke a penalty clause. Now, things like overall experience at airport would differ and is a very generic term which is not measurable.”Speaking about the delay, chairman of Airlines Operator Committee (AOC) Shalin Joshipura feels that the partial privatisation will not be financially viable for the bidders.He said, “The delay has affected major projects at city airport here. For example, we have been demanding for a lounge but due to Operation and Maintenance it is pending. The present director has made changes, but more needs to be done. Airports like Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad are doing well merely because they are entirely privatised. Either the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport should be entirely privatised or remain with AAI.”Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, SVPI, said, “Airport operation is a complete ecosystem and we have to coordinate to see how customs, immigration, airlines and other stakeholders perform together to give a good product to the customer. Hence, work of airport director becomes very challenging and important.”TIMELINE2015 – PM Narendra Modi suggests to rope in Changi airport2016 – Changi airport officials visit Ahmedabad, to study further2016 – AAI rejects Changi’s proposal2017 – AAI opens bids to private playersExtends deadline number of timesProposes to change the norms/conditions

President Ram Nath Kovind’s daughter assigned ground duty at Air India due to ‘security’ reasons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind’s daughter Swati, who was an air hostess with national carrier Air India, has been assigned ground duties because of security reasons, according to the airline’s spokesperson.Swati, who doesn’t use a surname, was a cabin crew on Air India’s long-haul Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 flights, but for nearly a month now she has been deputed with Air India’s integration department at the airline’s headquarters here, the official said.The department oversees human resource integration of erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India since their merger in 2007.”As a President’s daughter I don’t think she can fly as a crew with security personnel around. It is not possible to block so many passenger seats,” an airline source explained.

Fake news alert! Jet Airways issues statement trashing viral ad on Indigo row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways ad taking a dig at Indigo for the recent manhandling incident has gone viral in social media and since the netizens couldn’t keep calm.The online ad which says, “We beat our competition not you,” has attracted quite a lot of attention at a time when Indigo has been at the centre of controversy after their ground staff assaulted a passenger at Delhi airport.However, the Jet Airways on Wednesday issued a statement saying they have not created the ad.”Jet Airways did not commission the creative being shared on social media platforms, in context of a recent event concerning another domestic airline,” Jet Airways issued a statement on Twitter. “The creative does not reflect our philosophy and ethos and is in fact, in bad taste,” it further added.Earlier, ground staff of IndiGo Airlines were caught on camera assaulting a senior citizen on the tarmac of Delhi Airport.The incident that took place on October 15 came to limelight after the 80-second long video clip surfaced online. The footage shows that staff and the passenger, who has now been identified as Rajiv Katyal, arguing over Katyal boarding the bus on the tarmac.

300 flights, 25 trains delayed as smog hits visibility

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Poor visibility disrupted operations at Delhi’s airport as about 300 flight arrivals and departures were delayed, and affected the running of about 24 trains.The situation at the airport became worse because one of the three runways is shut for maintenance. Because of VIP movements, many arrivals and departures were rescheduled, causing further chaos at the airport already reeling under an acute manpower shortage.As air quality worsened drastically in Delhi-NCR, CISF Director General OP Singh directed distribution of masks to the force’s personnel deployed across the city. About 8,000 masks were distributed.Many flyers from Delhi took to social media on Tuesday and narrated their ordeal, after they were left stranded at the airport. Airlines, however, replying to the passengers’ queries, claimed Air Traffic Control (ATC) slowdown was a major reason for flight disruptions.Airport operator DIAL had earlier said that its runway 29-11 would remain shut for three days, during November 7-10, because of maintenance work. This, officials said, added to the slowdown of air traffic.Officials have planned to undertake several measures to ensure passenger convenience. Deployment of additional traffic marshals for smooth taxi flow, adequate lighting in car parking areas and increased airport patrol vehicles fitted with radio sets and beacons are some of the measures that will be taken.Meanwhile, about 25 trains arrived late in Delhi because of poor visibility. Neeraj Sharma, chief PRO, Northern Railways, said that departures were taken care of but arrivals were hit. He said that the Railways has geared up for fog and additional arrangements will soon be put in place to reduce passenger.The health impacts may be experienced even during light physical activity..

Caught on camera: ‘How dare you,’ screams passenger as IndiGo staff pins him down, airline fires ‘culprit’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, ground staff of IndiGo Airlines were caught on camera assaulting a senior citizen on the tarmac of Delhi Airport.The incident that took place on October 15 came to limelight after the 80-second long video clip surfaced online. The footage shows that staff and the passenger, who has now been identified as Rajiv Katyal, arguing over Katyal boarding the bus on the tarmac.Soon, a scuffle breaks out and the ground staff pins him down while he shouts and screams “how dare you push me.”“Incident probed by designated committee. Took action against staff who was main culprit, by immediately terminating his employment,” IndiGo said in a statement on Tuesday.Apologising for the incident, Aditya Ghosh, the president of the IndiGo airlines also issued a statement and said that “I acknowledge the unpleasant experience our passenger went through, while engaging with our staff at Delhi airport. My personal apologies as this does not reflect our culture. I had personally spoken to the passenger and asked for an apology. At IndiGo, dignity of our passengers and staff is of utmost importance. Any act that compromises the dignity of either is of a serious concern to us.”“Under the code of conduct violation, this incident was investigated and stern action was taken against the staff. Once again my personal and sincere apologies to the affected passenger,” he added.Union Civil Aviation Minister AG Raju also reacted to the incident and said that, “Seeking report from the DGCA. Violence of any sort is deplorable and should result in criminal action.”In a series of tweets, state minister Jayant Sinha also called the incident unfortunate.Rajiv Katyal landed in Delhi from a Chennai flight on October 15. There was an arguement after he alighted the plane and Katyal reportedly abused the staff.

Jet Airways hijack threat: Civil Aviation Minister says accused identified, to take strict action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday said that a person responsible for the diversion of Jet Airways flight due to security threat has been identified.A Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight made an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport on Monday morning due after a threatening note was recovered from the toilet.”I am informed that person responsible for Jet flt 339 (Mum-Del) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morn. has been identified,” said Ashok Gajapathi Raju.In another tweet, he said that he was advising the Airlines to put him on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action.”A man Salla Birju has confessed that he had kept the ‘threatening note’ to destabilise operations in the Jet Airways flight,” reported ANI.An air hostess on board found a letter in the washroom which claimed there were hijackers and the aircraft should be flown to POK.”Flight No 9W 339 is covered by Hijackers and aircraft should not be land and flown straight to POK. 12 people on board. if you put landing gear you will hear the noise of people dying. don’t take it as a joke. Cargo area contains explosive bomb and will blast if you land Delhi,” reads the letter.However, a flight, with 115 passengers and seven crew members, landed without incident at Ahmedabad and all 122 were safely ‘deplaned’, a Jet Airways spokesperson said in a statement.”Jet Airways is extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and is not in a position to comment further at this stage. The airline regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests and is making efforts to bring them to Delhi at the earliest,” a statement reads.

Faster than MS Dhoni’s stumping: Twitter full of jokes after Vijay Mallya gets speedy bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The 61-year-old flamboyant businessman, already out on bail on an extradition warrant executed by the Metropolitan Police earlier this year, will be appearing before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London this afternoon where he is expected to be bailed.”Vijay Mallya has been arrested on money laundering charges and will be appearing in court today,” a CPS spokesperson said. However, he got bail within half an hour.Here’s what Twitter had to stay about the speedy act of justice:
ALSO READ Vijay Mallya arrested in London for role in money laundering; released on bail soon after of loveable politiciansThe case is being probed by the ED and the central probe agency has already filed a charge sheet against him and others in a Mumbai court.The CPS will be arguing the case against Mallya on behalf of the Indian government.Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot has been hearing Mallya’s extradition case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on his previous arrest warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April.Mallya’s trial in that case is scheduled for two weeks, starting December 4.The embattled businessman, who has been based in the UK since he fled India in March last year, is wanted in India for his erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines’ default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore.It remains to be seen if both cases will be clubbed together, which may lead to a delay in the trial date.Mallya had been arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on behalf of Indian authorities on April 18.

Indian doctor arrested for allegedy groping minor girl on New Jersey-bound flight in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old Indian doctor has been arrested for allegedly groping a minor girl who was sitting next to him on a New Jersey-bound United Airlines flight, according to media reports.The 16-year-old girl, who was travelling alone on July 23, was asleep on the flight, when a stranger’s hand on her thigh awakened her, the Washington Post reported.The man, identified as Vijakumar Krishnappa, sitting next to her quickly removed his hand, according to a federal court complaint, and the teenager went back to sleep. Then, she woke up again and this time, the man was groping her, the complaint says.She reported the incident to the airline crew and was allowed to move seats.Once the flight from Seattle landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, the girl, from Washington state, called her parents. While she did, the accused left the airport, said Johnny McCray, an attorney for the girl’s family.The girl’s family has filed a complaint against United Airlines for neglecting to detain Krishnappa after the alleged assault, the report said.The FBI was called to handle the investigation.It used the flight manifest to track down Krishnappa, a doctor from India. The girl identified him from a photo array, ABC reported.Krishnappa was charged in the federal court in Newark, a day after the incident, according to court records filed by the FBI charging him with criminal sexual contact.Court records show he was arrested and charged with knowingly engaging in sexual contact with a minor female, the report said.He has been released on bond, placed on electronic monitoring, and ordered to not have any contact with minors while the criminal case is pending, according to court records.The doctor’s court-appointed attorney, John Yauch, told the Post that his client “adamantly denies the charges and deserves to be considered an innocent man.” Krishnappa is studying medicine in the United States through a months-long fellowship that allows for doctors from foreign countries to learn from experts in the US, the daily said.A spokesman from the Federal Aviation Administration told the daily that the airlines typically notify law enforcement about incidents before landing.”The safety and security of our customers is our top priority. We take these allegations seriously and continue to work closely with the proper authorities as part of their review,” a spokesperson for United Airlines said in a statement.

African nationals held for drug smuggling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Narcotics Control Bureau arrested two South African women and a Nigerian man for drug trafficking at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in two separate incidents.In the first incident, the NCB sleuths got to know through a local intelligence report, which informed that a South African national will fly to Johannesburg from Delhi via Etihad Airlines and is suspected to smuggle Ephedrine.A team was formed headed by Madho Singh, zonal director of NCB and the woman was intercepted. “The South African woman identified as Patraicia Sakhile Ncube and her Nigerian friend Johnson was intercepted at the departure area. She carried 10 kilogram of Ephedrine, which was concealed in the bag. She and her friend was subsequently nabbed,” said Taj Hassan, Deputy Director General of NCB.During interrogation, Patraicia stated that she was going to Johannesburg through Abu Dhabi and her friend Johnson had come to see her off. She came to India on July 25 and was received by Johnson and was staying at her friend’s place in Delhi. “Both were nabbed immediately,” Hassan said.In the second incident just 12 hours before Patraicia and Johnson was nabbed, another team of NCB sleuths headed by Superintendent Tulika Morang nabbed another South African national for carrying Pseudoephedrine. The woman was identified as Mandaba Violet Xaba. She was to depart from IGI airport to Addis Ababa by Ethiopian Airlines.As Xaba arrived at IGI airport, the team intercepted her and five-kg of white colour crystalline was recovered. “Pseudoephedrine was found concealed in the bottom of her bag. During interrogation, she said that she came to India on July 13. She was picked up by a Nigerian national Feddy. ,” Hassan said.The bureau is now carrying out raids across the national capital region to nab the associates of the arrested accused.Also on Saturday, Zambian national was arrested from Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle out 17 kilogrammes of banned drugs worth Rs 36 lakhs outside the country. The Zambian woman was identified as Doris Mwansa and she was nabbed about to board a flight for Addis Ababa.

Air India to save Rs 8-10 crore annually on non-veg food decision: Jayant Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Air India’s decision to stop serving non-vegetarian meals to economy class passengers on domestic flights is expected to save Rs 8-10 crore annually, the government said today.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the move is to save costs, reduce wastage, improve service and also avoid any chances of mix-up of meals. “The annual saving is expected to be around Rs 8-10 crore per annum,” he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. On whether the views of air passengers were solicited before taking the decision, Sinha replied in the affirmative and added that passenger feedback through cabin crew was received.The debt-laden national carrier has been taking various steps to reduce costs and revive its financial fortunes. These include rationalisation of certain loss making routes and enhanced utilisation of new fleet. In a separate written reply, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said FIR (First Information Report) has already been registered by the CBI regarding the alleged irregularities in procurements/ purchase of aircraft by Air India. “The National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL) was formed on April 1, 2007 by the merger of the erstwhile Indian Airlines and erstwhile Air India.”The erstwhile Air India had placed an order for 68 Boeing aircraft in December 2005 and the erstwhile Indian Airlines had placed an order for 43 Airbus aircraft in February 2006,” Raju said.

Man who got through immigration remains untraced after 3 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after 72 hours, Delhi Police remains clueless on a suspicious man’s whereabouts, who is from terror-hit Guinea-Bissau and who managed to get through immigration at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.A senior police officer probing the matter said that officials in Guinea-Bissau embassy have been approached for further verifications since the address mentioned in the passenger’s disembarkation card turned out to be false, following a raid.Police also said that the footage of the man, who had introduced himself as Gomez Julio, a native of Guinea-Bissau, a country strongly affected by terror modules Boko Haram and ISIS, has been circulated to various police stations across the Capital. They said that since the man’s identity could not be confirmed, his free movement in the city was a matter of serious concern.Minutes after the incident, Delhi Police and airport immigration had also roped in intelligence agencies, alerting them to the man’s dramatic escape.DNA had exclusively reported on Tuesday that the man had arrived at the Delhi Airport on Sunday around 10.30 am, by an Ethiopian Airlines flight and approached the immigration department for an e-visa, but since Guinea Bissau, a West African country, is not listed among the countries eligible for e-visa, he was refused a visa and detained. It was when the department got busy in “entry refused formalities,” he managed to change his get up and walk out of the arrival terminal, without coming to the immigration officer’s notice.”His pictures have widely been shared at all major airports so he cannot escape. His documents that he had left behind are being closely read. Officials in his country of origin have also been approached. Meanwhile vigil to nab him has been significantly stepped up in the city. Ports, railway stations, bus terminals and airports have been put on alert and his information has been shared,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.After the passenger had managed to enter India without any valid document or Visa, immigration officers filed an FIR with the Delhi Police.An officer from the airport said that those detained by immigration are kept in a room beyond the immigration area at the arrival terminal which made it easier for the man to escape.IncidentThe man arrived at the Airport on Sunday, by an Ethiopian Airlines flight and approached the immigration department for an e-visa but was refused.When the department got busy in entry refused formalities, he managed to change his get up and walk out of the arrival terminal

AIU intercepts person with Narcotics kit at Mumbai airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) officers on Saturday intercepted a person over seizure of a Narcotics kit worth Rs. 2 crore at the Mumbai Airport. It was alleged that a passenger, Suresh Kumar Nagarajan, who was departing to Kuala Lumpur by the Malaysia Airlines was stopped at the Baggage Screen Machine (BSM) over some suspicious psychotropic substance which was later identified as Methaqualone. Nagarajan, who has worked as a vegetable vendor in Chennai, was arrested under the provisions of NDPS Act, 1985 and was produced before the Mumbai Court. The court has sent the accused to Mumbai?s Arthur Road Jail on judicial custody. Further details are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mallya to get same treatment as other prisoners, facilities in jail similar to European nations: India to UK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has told UK authorities that all wanted Indians, including liquor baron Vijay Mallya, will get equal treatment like any other prisoner in India and the facilities in its jails are no less than what European nations have, a senior official said.This was conveyed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to his British counterpart Patsy Wilkinson, the second permanent secretary in the British Home Office, during a meeting last week in London. The Indian delegation led by Mehrishi told the British authorities that whoever is extradited from the UK, he or she will be lodged in a proper jail with facilities on par with European jails, said the official, who did not want to be quoted. However, the Indian team made it clear that no extradited persons will be given preferential treatment but would be treated like any other prisoner and asked the British authorities to convey this to the court in London.This bears significance as Mallya has challenged the Indian government’s move in the court to get him extradited from the UK saying the conditions in Indian jails are below standard. The Indian delegation told their British counterparts that the cells in Indian jails are bigger than European jails and all jails have medical facilities with a proper hospital, the official said. The home ministry has already written to the Maharashtra government to improve the conditions of its Arthur Road jail, where Mallya would be lodged if extradited from the UK, he said.
ALSO READ PM seeks UK PM Theresa May’s help to bring back ‘economic offenders’ Vijay Mallya, Lalit ModiMallya, who is wanted in India for Kingfisher Airlines’ default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore, has been in Britain since March, 2016. A court in London is hearing a case regarding his return to India. India has already assured Britain of all assistance in extradition matters to allow the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to present water-tight cases before the courts there against Mallya. Mehrishi visited London in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s talks with his British counterpart Theresa May in Hamburg, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting there recently.Modi had asked for Britain’s cooperation in sending “economic offenders” back to India. A joint team of the ED and the CBI is currently in London to brief UK prosecution, working on the extradition of Mallya, and to submit fresh proof in the case. The visiting officials of the two central probe agencies will also submit the charge-sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate in the case last month in Mumbai, said a senior official in the probe team.

Vijay Mallya’s extradition underway, PM Modi spoke to UK PM May: MEA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay on Thursday said the process for extradition of now defunct Kingfisher Airlines owner Vijay Mallya is underway. ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the matter with British Prime Minister (Theresa May) during their meeting on the sidelines of G-20,’ Baglay said.’The fact that the Prime Minister raised the matter shows the importance India attaches to the issue,’ he added. In a June hearing at London court, in a major setback to India, the court expressed surprise that New Delhi has not provided evidence to Mallya yet, who is battling a slew of cases in India over his default case involving Rs. 9,000 crore worth loans to a clutch of public sector banks.The 61-year-old liquor baron has been out on bail, since his arrest in April in London. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on July 6 heard the extradition case of Mallya and set the next date for September 14.

Britain has become a "haven" for fugitives: Indian envoy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India feels Britain has become a “haven” for fugitives from justice, the country’s envoy to the UK said, in an indirect reference to embattled Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya’s ongoing extradition case in a UK court. Indian High Commissioner to the UK Y K Sinha was speaking at the launch of a new book on India-UK ties titled ‘Winning Partnership: India-UK Relations Beyond Brexit’ in London yesterday. Sinha made an indirect reference to embattled Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya’s ongoing extradition case in UK courts and “anti-India debates” in the UK Parliament and called on the British media to get more “up to speed with where India is today” in its reporting. “We feel the UK has become a haven for fugitives from justice The way the UK permits anti-India activity on its soil, in Delhi people are quite perturbed about that. We are also a democratic society but we do not discuss issues that affect our friends and allies,” Sinha said. Mallya, the 61-year-old chief of the erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines who owes over Rs 9,000 crore to various Indian banks, has been living in self-imposed exile in Britain since March last year. He was arrested by Scotland Yard in April on fraud allegations, triggering an official extradition process in the British courts. He attended a central London police station for his arrest and was released on conditional bail a few hours later after providing a bail bond worth 650,000 pounds, assuring the court of abiding by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, such as the surrender of his passport and a ban on him possessing any travel documents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India to operate extra flights to Qatar for ‘stranded’ nationals

State-owned Indian Airlines and private carrier Jet Airways will begin the flights from Thursday.

After 64 years, Tatas want to pilot Air India; group in talks with govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost 64 years after Air India was taken over by the Central government from Tata Sons, and nationalised, the life may come full circle for the Mumbai-based conglomerate.The group’s Chairman N Chandrasekaran is reported to be in talks with the Central government to buy controlling stakes in the airline, reports a business news channel. The group may also bring Singapore Airlines on board to buy 49 per cent stakes in the national carrier, in case the airline is entirely privatised.Chandrasekaran, who has shown concern over the airline’s debt situation, has been assured by the government that the problem would be taken care of so that the deal becomes lucrative, the report added.DNA Money has learned that a Chandrasekaran-led Tata Group team had also visited the office of Ministry of Civil Aviation a few weeks ago. This is around the same time when the Centre’s think tank, Niti Ayog, had recommended strategic disinvestment of Air India which would allow the Centre to pump more money on priority social sectors. However, why was the meeting held and what all was discussed could not be confirmed by DNA Money.A source in Air India says that the Tata group had in the past shown interest in operating only on the international routes.This is apart from having the national carrier’s huge pilot and engineering base, including its brand name, which has tremendous recall value, especially among the NRIs. Tata group also holds substantial share in Vistara and AirAsia India.In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha had in April said that Air India is projected to post an operating profit of Rs 300 crore in the current fiscal. He said the carrier’s net losses are also reducing gradually on account of the overall improvements in the “operational and financial performance”.Last fiscal, Air India had an operating profit of Rs 105 crore. The national carrier, which has a debt in excess of Rs 50,000 crore, is surviving on fund infusion by the government. The Turnaround Plan (TAP) provides for equity infusion over Rs 30,000 crore in the airline up to 2021 subject to achieving certain milestones.The airline, first formed by Tata group in 1931, named it as Tata Airline which was later changed to Air India just a year after the country’s independence. In 1953, the airline was nationalised by the government. However, Tata’s love for the aviation sector never died. In 1990s, when the sector was opened up, Ratan Tata along with Singapore Airlines proposed to start a domestic carrier. But the laws were allegedly manipulated so as to bar foreign carriers from owning any share in the domestic carrier….& ANALYSISIt’s a positive development for AI as Tata group is showing interest in it again.
Despite being debt-ridden, AI holds considerable assets in India and across the world.
The government will have to take a haircut in order to make the deal attractive.

Vizag airport ruckus: 6 airlines bar TDP MP Diwakar Reddy from flying for unruly behaviour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spicejet, GoAir, Jet Airways and Vistara airlines on Friday joined Indigo and Air India to put Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Diwakar Reddy under no fly list for his unruly behaviour with a staffer at the Vishakhapatnam airport.Earlier on March 23, the Air India registered two FIRs against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.On Thursday, Indigo approached the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) to ban Reddy after he created a ruckus in the airport for denying a boarding pass. He reached the airport just 28 minutes before his flight was to take off.
ALSO READ Watch | TDP MP Diwakar Reddy creates ruckus at Vizag airport, throws printer at Indigo stafferHe was, however, later provided a boarding pass.As per DGCA rules, checking counters close 45 minutes before the scheduled take-off time of an aircraft.
ALSO READ Gaikwad 2.0? IndiGo, Air India ban TDP MP Diwakar Reddy from its flightsReddy, however, rebuffed the charges and said, he did not misbehave with any official of the Indigo.The TDP MP said, number of people were standing at the counter when he reached the airport, who were not granted the boarding pass then.But Indigo confirmed the reports of the ruckus and said that Reddy raged against a staff and behaved aggressively.Reportedly, some property in the Indigo office was also broken.Reddy had earlier repeated this behaviour in October last year at the Vijaywada Airport, when he arrived late to catch an Air India flight. He had then resorted to vandalism and an argument.

TDP MP rebuffs ruckus charges, says he did not misbehave

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy on Thursday rebuffed the charges of him creating ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport and said he did not misbehave with any official of Indigo. ?I did not assault any official and use any abusive language. Just asked the officer to come out,? Reddy said. Reddy said that there were a number of people standing at the counter when he reached the airport, who had not been granted the boarding pass. ?A number of people were standing near the counter. When I reached there, they said that they have been refused to issue the boarding pass. A gentleman stood up and said that it is closed. How can they close? Issuing pass is not at all a problem they can open the counter and close,? he said. Meanwhile, confirming the reports of the ruckus created by Reddy, the IndiGo Airlines said that the former raged against the staff and used aggressive and abusive behaviour. The Airlines in its letter stated that the MP delayed the flight by 28 minutes prior to the scheduled departure. The national carrier stated that it will take necessary action to address the violation. Earlier in the day, Reddy arrived late at the airport and demanded a boarding pass after the staff closed the counter as the deadline had ended. He was later provided a boarding pass. He was flying from Vizag to Delhi from flight no: 6E 608. “We are investigating the matter and have no comments to offer till such time that we have completed a thorough investigation. Safety and security of our colleagues and customers is our highest priority,” the Indigo said in a statement. Reportedly, some property in the Indigo office was broken and the staff was also manhandled. The Vishakapatnam airport director refused the same and said it was just an argument which was sorted out soon. Reddy had repeated this same behaviour in October last year at the Vijaywada Airport when he had arrived late to catch an Air India flight. He had resorted to vandalism and an argument.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vijay Mallya denies charges at London hearing; says ‘enough evidence to prove innocence’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The absconding loan defaulter and liquor baron, Vijay Mallya has denied all allegations against him and claimed he had enough evidence to prove his innocence. The court granted the liquor baron bail till December 4 and set July 6 as the next hearing date for the case.The 61-year-old former chief of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, who is wanted in connection with a loan default case to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, appeared before a London court for the hearing of his extradition case, based on a formal request made by India on in February.The hearing was referred to as a ‘case management hearing’, where the judge set a timetable to hear the arguments for and against Mallya’s extradition. Mallya dismissed all charges of Indian agencies. “I deny all allegations against me. I have not eluded the court, I have enough evidence to prove that I am not guilty,” Mallya told reporters outside the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.He fled India last year owing more than Rs 9,000-crore to 14 banks, faces an extradition hearing at the Westminster Magistrates Court where the Crown Prosecution Service are arguing the case for India.Indian authorities are investigating the 61-year-old ex-boss of Kingfisher Airlines over allegations of fraud. India had made the request for his extradition over bank fraud case.The judge has set the timetable for hearing the arguments which known as “case management hearing”. India has not provided all evidences yet. The next date is July 6, but Mallya will not attend. On July 6, the court will reassess the pieces of evidence of both sides.Mallya lawyer Ben Watson said, “There is a second extradition request coming, a separate one, but I have not had the details of it.”Vijay Mallya has requested that the press must be barred from the court from hearing in his next appearance.“I have nothing to say; I deny all allegations. I have not eluded any court” said Mallya.The hearing started on Tuesday at 5 pm IST, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have argued on behalf of India at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Before entering the court, Mallya said to media “I have nothing to say. Court proceedings are on. I have no expectations. You are here to hear”. “I have denied all allegations made, will continue to deny. You are here, listen to what the court has to say. I have not eluded any court,” Mallya added.When the media asked him if he was going to Edgbaston to watch the India-Bangladesh match on Thursday, he said, “Yes”.Indian agencies have tried to establish before UK court about Mallya’s dual criminality. The ‘dual criminality charge’ is strong proof for Mallya’s extradition.Mallya fled to the UK in March 2016 to avoid arrest over loan fraud and was arrested on “an extradition charge by Scotland Yard on April 18.

Mallya to appear for extradition hearing in UK court today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Embattled Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India on loan defaults to several banks, is set to appear today before Westminster Magistrates’ Court here for his extradition case hearing. The 61-year-old former chief of erstwhile Kingfisher airlines has been out on bail since his arrest in April and will today find out the timetable to be set by the judge to hear the arguments for and against his extradition in what is referred to as a “case management hearing”. “When the case returns to court, the District Judge is likely to set down a timetable for the service of any evidence to be submitted by either side in the proceedings, and list a date for a final hearing. “There might be a few more hearings in this case in the coming months to deal with case management or any issues that arise, before the final hearing takes place, at which the full arguments from both sides in this case will be heard by the District Judge,” explained Jasvinder Nakhwal, partner at Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP and member of the UK’s Extradition Lawyers Association. Britain s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which will be arguing on behalf of the Indian authorities, had met a joint team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials in London last month to thrash out details of the case. “Our aim is to build a strong, infallible case and these meetings will help resolve issues across the table. The CPS will be arguing based on documents provided by CBI and ED, therefore a joint team is here to address queries they may have,” official sources had said after the meeting in May. Last week, Mallya was welcomed with chants of “chor, chor” by Indian cricket fans as he arrived to watch the India vs South Africa Champions Trophy match at The Oval cricket ground in London. Earlier, he had caused a stir by his attendance of the India vs Pakistan match in Birmingham after which he had declared on Twitter that he would be attending all India matches in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy. Mallya, who is wanted in India for Kingfisher Airlines’ default on loans worth nearly Rs 9,000 crores, has been in the UK since March 2016 and was arrested by Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18. He had attended a central London police station for his arrest and was released on conditional bail a few hours later after providing a bail bond worth 650,000 pounds, assuring the court of abiding by all conditions associated with extradition proceedings, such as the surrender of his passport and a ban on him possessing any travel documents. An initial case management hearing date of May 17 had been postponed to June 13. If the District Judge rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, the UK home secretary must order Mallya s extradition within two months of the appropriate day. However, the case can go through a series of appeals before arriving at a conclusion. India and the UK have an Extradition Treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial in connection with his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002. However, unlike Mallya, he had submitted to the extradition order without legal challenge.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vaiko detained in Kuala Lumpur airport, to be sent back

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MDMK chief Vaiko was today stopped from entering Malaysia and detained at the Kuala Lumpur airport where officials questioned him over his alleged links to the LTTE. He will be sent back to Chennai by a Malaysian Airlines flight tonight, the MDMK (Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) said in a release here. He is expected to reach here by 10.45 pm. The leader was scheduled to attend the wedding reception of the daughter of the Deputy Chief Minister of Malaysian state of Penang, P Ramasamy, on June 10. The party said when Vaiko landed at the Kuala Lumpur airport this morning, immigration authorities told him that he had been banned from entering the country since his name figured “in the list of persons dangerous to Malaysia.” Officials told him that “he belonged to the LTTE in Sri Lanka,” and quizzed him over the outfit, the party said. When Vaiko was told that there were “several cases against him in Sri Lanka,” he denied it and told them that he was an Indian citizen and showed them his passport too. “Still, the authorities did not accept it and made Vaiko sit in an enclosure in the immigration office. They took away his passport and told him that he should not step out of that place,” the release said. Vaiko apprised Deputy Chief Minister Ramasamy on the development. Despite Ramasamy and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s efforts, officials did not permit the pro-Tamil leader to enter Malaysia saying they “have got an order from the office of Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister,” the party said. Ramsamy also talked to Vaiko over phone. The latter told him that he had not been “harmed” but was “made to sit in a place where I could not meet anyone,” the MDMK said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DGCA withdraws complaint against pilots over "obscene" remarks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The row between the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and pilots of various airlines over “obscene” remarks against a senior DGCA official ended today with the aviation regulator withdrawing a police complaint. The complaint was withdrawn after the airlines and the pilots expressed regret over the issue, a DGCA official said. The DGCA had, on June 6, filed a police complaint against 34 pilots of Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir for allegedly posting “obscene” messages on a WhatsApp group against one of its senior officials. Delhi police had questioned 13 pilots based on the complaint. “Airlines have also been informed to put in place SOPs (standard operating procedures) on the issue and sensitise their personnel,” the DGCA official said. Parents of some of the pilots involved in the matter also met the DGCA authorities and urged for resolution of the dispute so that their careers may not get affected, he said. “In view of all above, DGCA has withdrawn the complaint,” the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No-fly list effect: Cases of unruly passengers have come down,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Airlines are reporting lesser number of cases of unruly passengers following the government’s decision to come out with a ‘national no-fly list’ to deal with such incidents, Civil Aviation Minister Gajapathi Raju said today. Raju said he had advised Air India to lift the ban imposed on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who had claimed to have hit an Air India staffer, after the lawmaker assured that he would not repeat such a behaviour. “Airlines are reporting lesser problems,” Raju told NDTV when asked what impact has the proposed ‘national no-fly list’ had. The minister added that Gaikwad had written to him saying he will behave himself and such a thing will not happen. “I advised the airlines to withdraw the ban because the civil aviation requirement isn’t in their favour till the government amends it (the rules),” Raju said. Earlier this month, the government released draft rules for a “national no-fly list” of unruly passengers for all domestic carriers, proposing a ban on flying from three months upto an indefinite period. The draft is an amendment to the existing Civil Aviation Requirement, a set of rules on unruly and disruptive passengers. These are being placed in the public domain for 30 days for comments and feedback from stakeholders following which the government will come out with final amendments by June 30.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

American Airlines Passenger detained after trying to break into cockpit

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Right decision to shut Changi airport after fire: experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The decision to shut down a terminal at Singapore s international airport, after a minor fire broke out, was the right thing for security and safety even though thousands of travellers were affected, experts said today. The fire was detected at 5.40 PM at the Changi Airport Terminal 2 s air conditioning equipment room and the smoke started entering the departure hall. Though the fire was quickly put out, its fallout stretched late into the night. “In this day and age of heightened security alerts, nothing is too small to neglect or downplay,” aviation analyst Shukor Yusof of Endau Analytics was quoted as saying by The Straits Times. “Fact is, these days, you can never be sure if a fire is just a fire, for example, or whether there is a terrorist element as well,” said Shukor. About 40 flights and thousands of travellers were affected by the fire, said the Changi Airport Group. In several cases, the delays stretched to three hours or beyond. “It is highly unusual for any incident to occur at Changi, so when something does happen, you would expect that they would take extra precautions to ensure everything is in order,” Shukor added. Ramanathan Mohandas, head of the diploma programme in aviation management at Republic Polytechnic here, said every fire that breaks out at any airport must be dealt with seriously. “Any sign of smoke even should never be taken lightly because if there is a fire, it could spread very quickly and impact critical systems and equipment,” Ramanathan said. “A full clean-up needs to be done and systems and processes checked to make sure everything is working properly before the terminal reopens,” he added. No point rushing to resume services and risk something else going wrong, which would be even more irritating for passengers, he said. Two airport staff were taken to hospital for observation and another four were treated at a clinic in Terminal 3. The Singapore Civil Defence Force gave all-clear for the terminal at about 10 PM, and the operations were resumed progressively. Indian-origin Senthil Shanmugam who was travelling to Tiruchirapalli for holidays, was one of those affected travellers at Terminal 2 as his TigerAir flight was delayed. Changi Airport handles 60 million passengers a year. Terminal 2 serves mainly Singapore Airlines regional flights as well as SilkAir and TigerAir, which flies to India as well.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IndiGo flight collides with aerobridge, no injury reported

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A major accident was averted when an IndiGo flight on Saturday morning came in contact with an aerobridge, while being marshalled to the parking spot at Jaipur Airport. The Airlines later released a statement asserting that no injury was reported in the incident. “IndiGo aircraft (6E-962, Delhi-Jaipur) came in contact with the aerobridge while being marshalled to the parking spot at Jaipur Airport this morning. Our team at the airport immediately took the precautionary measure. There was no injury reported to anyone,” the statement said. IndiGo has voluntarily reported the matter to the regulator, the statement added. The matter is being investigated by the safety department.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Weekly PIA flights between Mumbai-Karachi to be suspended from May 11

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), which operates a weekly flight between Mumbai and Karachi, will suspend its service from May 11.The national flag carrier of Pakistan operates the flight on Thursday. “Pakistan International Airlines, in a communication to authorities concerned, has said that its Karachi-Mumbai flight will not be open for sale (bookings) from May 11,” a company associated with the flight operation said.However, the PIA communication did not specify the reason for suspension of its flight service, a company official said. “Apart from the current situation (prevailing tension between India-Pakistan), the suspension of the service might be due to commercial reasons as well,” the official said.The airline did not operate its service on Thursday as well, he said. However, the Pakistan airline had informed the relevant authorities about the non-operation of service on May 4 in a communication last month, the official said.

India asks UK to ensure early extradition of Mallya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today asked the United Kingdom to ensure early extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya who is facing cases of bank loan default to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore by his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi raised the issue of early completion of the extradition process of Mallya, during his talks here with his UK counterpart Patsy Wilkinson, the second permanent secretary in the the British Home Office. The issue of presence of certain Sikh militant elements in the UK, sharing of intelligence inputs on a real-time basis particularly with regard to the ISIS – both from ISIS-held territories, and modules being busted in the UK and Europe, were discussed at the two-hour-long meeting, official sources said. Counter-terror cooperation between India and Britain besides a host of other issues figured in the parleys. Matters relating to the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, strengthening of the intelligence-sharing mechanism and visa- related issues were also deliberated upon, the sources said. 61-year-old Mallya, who has been living in Britain since last year, was arrested by Scotland Yard last month on India’s extradition request. Within hours of his arrest, Mallya, who is accused of cheating and fraud, was released on bail by a London court. The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will argue the case on behalf of the Indian authorities when it comes before the court. Mallya, whose now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines allegedly owes more than Rs 9,000 crore to various banks, had fled India on March 2, 2016. India and the UK have an extradition treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement – that of Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, who was sent back to India last October to face trial for his involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002. However, unlike Mallya, Patel had submitted to the extradition order without legal challenge. India had given a formal extradition request for Mallya as per the extradition treaty between India and the UK through a note verbale, a diplomatic communication, on February 8. The Union home secretary lauded the UK’s effort to extradite Mallya and conveyed that New Delhi will help London to pursue the case in the UK court. The sources said India told the UK delegation that if one-on-one contact can be established between the prosecuting agency in India and the Crown Prosecution or Department of Prosecution, then it would be faster and easier to put up evidence before the judge concerned. India will inform the UK about the proceedings or hearings happening in the cases of wanted criminals by the UK in India and wants the UK to reciprocate in similar cases. Both sides agreed that India and the UK will sign an MoU in July on reworking the agreement on security cooperation. India also offered to drop cases registered against one Bangladeshi national, who is lodged in Assam, so that he can be extradited to the UK. In return, sources said, India expects reciprocity that if people wanted by New Delhi are mired in any British case, those should be dropped and extradition facilitated.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raids at national shooter’s house: DRI ropes in IT for probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The DRI has roped in Income Tax department to look into the recovery of about Rs one crore cash from the house of a national-level shooter in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh during recent raids conducted by it. The IT department will look into the source of the money recovered from the house, a DRI official said today. A syndicate involved in gun-running and wildlife trade was busted on Sunday by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). Three accused including Slovenian national Boris Sobotic Mikolic have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the racket. The trio were intercepted after their arrival at the IGI Airport here by a Turkish Airlines flight from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana via Istanbul on Saturday. They were carrying 25 illegally imported lethal weapons and other items worth about Rs 4.5 crore with them, according to a senior DRI official. They had incorrectly declared the quantity and value of the arms and ammunition to the customs officials and tried to get these items cleared by misusing the scheme meant for renowned shooters, he said. The rules permit professional shooters to import a limited quantity of arms and ammunition for practice. The accused — Amit Goyal, Anil Kumar Langan and Mikolic — have been arrested for allegedly violating customs rules to evade payment of import duty, the official said. They have been sent to 14 days in judicial custody by a local court. Following the detention of the accused, the DRI had carried out searches at multiple places including the house of the national-level shooter, Prashant Bishnoi, son of a retired army colonel, and seized over hundred illegally imported firearms, 117 kg of nilgai meat, horns and skins of leopards and blackbucks. The DRI officials said nothing specific has come out against the retired army officer. Unaccounted cash of about Rs one crore and two lakh cartridges were also seized during the searches. The firearms of various make and models — Glock (Austria), Italy-made Beretta, Arsenal, Benelle and Blaser (Germany) — were seized along with expensive cameras, thermal imaging binoculars and cartridges during the raids.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two Lankan passengers arrested in Mumbai for smuggling gold bars from Dubai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) on Sunday arrested two Sri Lankan passengers for smuggling 25 gold bars from Dubai. 42-year-old Jameer Abdul Wahid and 48-year-old Althaf Sahul Hameed arrived from Dubai by the Emirates Airlines flight EK508 and were intercepted in the arrival hall of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Their personal search resulted in the recovery of 25 gold bars weighing 2915 grams valued at Rs. 87,45,000. The said gold bars were concealed in the rectum of their body. They are frequent fliers to India and are in trading activities in textile material, readymade garments and cosmetics. Earlier on April 14, the AIU officers intercepted one passenger named Sayed Noorulameen, 26-year-old, a resident of Karnataka?s Bhatkal, who had arrived from Dubai by Gulf Airways flight GF 64 on suspicion that he was concealing gold in person. Upon interception, he was found carrying one hand operated Juicer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre in process of preparing no-fly list for unruly fliers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre is in the process of establishing a “national no-fly list” for unruly passengers in the aftermath of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting an Air India staffer onboard a plane. The Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) are being amended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to facilitate such a list, the ministry of civil aviation said in a letter to Air India CMD, making an appeal to him to lift the ban on Gaikwad. “In order to deal with unruly passengers in a more effective manner in future, an amendment to CAR is being drafted by the DGCA in consultation with this Ministry for establishing a national no-fly list,” the letter said. The no-fly list was first mooted by Air India on the day Ravindra Gaikwad hit 62-year-old R Sukumar with his slipper “25” times. Air India had said that they were “examining” such a list. The following day, the Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir as its members, while announcing a flying ban on Gaikwad also proposed “the promulgation of a no-fly list which shall include the names of all unruly passengers.” IndiGo President and Whole Time Director Aditya Ghosh had also told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Row over Sena MP’s assault of AI staffer resonates in Par,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The row over Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting an Air India employee today raged both within and outside Parliament, prompting Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to suggest an amicable resolution of the issue. Shiv Sena MPs denounced the blanket ban imposed on Gaikwad by domestic airlines which, they claimed, violated the Constitution and the law. They demanded that the ban be lifted, but did not get any assurance from the government, with Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju saying violence of any kind on an aircraft could prove disastrous. Osmanabad, Gaikwad’s parliamentary constituency, meanwhile, observed a bandh to protest against his “humiliation” as the MP stayed put at some undisclosed location. He said he has been asked by the Sena leadership to “keep quiet”. The assault on Air India duty officer R Sukumar on Thursday resonated in the Lok Sabha with Shiv Sena MPs demanding revocation of the ban. Members of the Shiv Sena, a partner in the ruling NDA dispensation, created uproar in the House and engaged in a verbal duel with Congress MPs who criticised Gaikwad for his action. The party’s leader in the house Anandrao Adsul claimed the ban violated the Constitution and the law. Raju, however, condemned Gaikwad’s conduct, saying “I never in my wildest dreams thought that an MP will get caught in such an incident.” He said aviation regulator DGCA had framed safety guidelines after an earlier incident of violence by an MP against an airline staffer last year and those were invoked in the case of Gaikwad, who has been barred from flying all major airlines. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan later called a meeting of Sena MPs with Raju after which she pitched for an “amicable resolution” to the issue, while steering clear of taking any sides. “MPs need to attend Parliament and they cannot travel by train always. At times, they need to travel by plane also. I feel that this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks,” she said. Mahajan, however, said that she was not passing a judgement but only trying to help resolve the matter as “an elder sister”. “I am playing the role of ‘tai’ (elder sister). As of now, everybody is angry. It is time to calm down and resolve the issue. How the ban could be lifted needs to be discussed and resolved amicably,” she told reporters after the meeting. Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said, “All airlines have come together to ban him (Gaikwad), but it is our fundamental right (to travel by air).” Mahajan said the MPs have so far not given any notice of breach of privilege motion against the airlines. The matter was also raised in the Rajya Sabha where Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agrawal wondered whether airlines can ban an MP from travelling for discharge of his official duty. He was, however, cut short by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien on the ground that the matter related to a member of the other House. Gaikwad being put on the ‘no-fly’ list is probably the first such instance in the Indian civil aviation history. After Air India put him on the no-fly list, the Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir as its members, also imposed a ban on Gaikwad from flying their aircraft. After the ban, Gaikwad had to travel to Maharashtra by train. Meanwhile, Gaikwad’s constituency observed a bandh to protest his “humiliation”. “We have called the Osmanabad bandh to protest the humiliation of our leader by the airlines which have denied him flying rights,” Osmanabad district vice president of the Sena Kamlakar Chavan told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gaikwad issue in LS: Sena asks why Kapil Sharma wasn’t banned, ‘tai’ Sumitra Mahajan says ‘calm down’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The issue of assault of an Air India staffer by a Shiv Sena MP resonated in the Lok Sabha, with his party demanding revocation of a ban on his flying but it got no positive response from the government which justified the action by the airlines. Members of the Shiv Sena, an ally of the ruling BJP, created uproar in the House and at one point of time, engaged in a verbal duel with Congress members who slammed Ravindra Gaikwad for his action.The Shiv Sena’s Leader in the House Anandrao Adsul, who raised the issue, said he was only seeking lifting of the ban on flying imposed on Gaikwad by all major airlines after he assaulted a 60-year-old duty manager of Air India on March 23. However, Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju, instead of giving any positive response, admonished Gaikwad for indulging in violence on the flight last week.”I never in my wildest dreams thought that an MP will get caught in such an incident,” he said, while emphasising that “Violence of any kind can be disastrous.” Referring to an earlier incident of violence by an MP against an airline staffer last year, Raju said following that episode, the DGCA had come out with safety guidelines.The same guidelines were invoked in the case of Gaikwad who has been barred from flying by all the major airlines.Adsul said the ban was against the Constitution and the law and that the government must intervene immediately. He also talked about privileges of the MPs, responding to which the minister said, “An MP is also a passenger…We have to keep safety issues in mind.” Adsul referred to a recent incident of alleged misbehaviour by comedian Kapil Sharma during a flight to Australia and wondered why no action was taken against him.To this, Raju said, “We cannot have an unequal approach” but did not elaborate. With the minister giving no positive response, the Shiv Sena members expressed their unhappiness by trooping into the Well of the House.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told them that it was not right.”Message achha nahi jaa rahi hai (The message going out is not good)… This is not the way,” she said and told the agitating members to discuss and resolve their issues with the Civil Aviation Minister. The Speaker said the Shiv Sena members were trying to support something that is “wrong”. “Being a public representative, the incident he (Gaikwad) was involved in, does not send the right message,” she said. “Mujhe zyaada bholne pe majhboor na kare (Don’t force me to speak more on the issue),” Mahajan said.Sumitra Mahajan asks for amicable solutionLok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pitched for an amicable resolution of the issue involving domestic airlines’ blanket ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Though she did not categorically call for the lifting of the fly-ban on Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air India staffer last week, she said MPs need to attend Parliament and they cannot always travel by train. “MPs need to attend Parliament and they cannot travel by train always. At times, they need to travel by plane also. I feel that this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks,” she said. Mahajan, however, said that she was not the one to pass a judgement but was trying to help resolve the issue as the agitating MPs have sought help from her as she was the Speaker. “I am playing the role of ‘tai’ (elder sister). As of now, everybody is angry. It is time to calm down and resolve the issue. How the ban could be lifted needs to be discussed and resolved amicably,” she told reporters after a meeting attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Sena MPs.After Air India put him on the no-fly list, the Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir as its members, also imposed a ban on Gaikwad from flying on their network.The airlines’ move came after the MP had last week assaulted 62-year-old duty manager of Air India R Sukumar with slippers over not being able to fly business class despite having boarded an all-economy flight.After the ban, Gaikwad had to travel by train from Delhi to Maharashtra.Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, after the meeting, said, “All airlines have come together banning him (Gaikwad), but it is our fundamental right (to travel by air).” Mahajan said the MPs, so far, have not given notice of a privilege motion. Such a notice can be given by any member of either House of a state legislature or Parliament against anyone who is accused of breach of privilege.This privilege provides certain rights and immunities to MPs, MLAs and MLCs.

Gaikwad should apologise for his unaccepted behaviour Politicos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Cutting across party lines, the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (United) on Saturday condemned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad?s unruly behaviour with an Air India staffer and said that he should immediately tender an apology as such attitude is not acceptable from a lawmaker. ?Gaikwad deserves this. As a Member of Parliament, his attempt to justify his actions is extremely shocking,? Congress leader Tom Vadakkan told ANI. He added that the entire Airlines industry of the country has for the first time united to isolate such unruly Member of Parliament which should not be ignored. ?The Government of India should have acted in Delhi itself and arrested him, on the contrary they let him travel to Maharashtra where he is going to create further problems,? Vadakkan said. Janata Dal (United) spokesperson K.C. Tyagi on his part said Gaikwad?s action is not appropriate as a Member of Parliament, adding he should, therefore, immediately apologise. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Om Mathur echoing similar sentiments said any person holding such an important post should look after the people and not harass them. ?Law will do its job and moreover an FIR has been lodged against him,? Mathur added. After being barred by all the airlines, Gaikwad took a train to Mumbai on Friday. Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage. The MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra had yesterday downplayed reports suggesting that Air India is considering banning him from boarding its flights. “I have the tickets, they can’t blacklist me. I will board the Delhi-Pune Air India flight this evening. How can they not allow me?” he said. “I will not apologise. It was not my fault, it was his fault. He should apologise. First ask him to apologise then we will see,” Gaikwad told the media. Air India Duty Manager Sukumar, who was assaulted by Gaikwad, yesterday asserted that the elected representatives need to behave in a decent manner. “I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena. I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues. It’s a common thing for me,” he added. Earlier, the Centre also took cognizance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Major Indian airlines ban MP who beat official

Ravindra Gaikwad will not be able to fly on five major Indian airlines with immediate effect.

Grounded: FIA, Air India ban Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying, cancel his return ticket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Air India and the member airlines of the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) that includes IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Go Air, condemn the assault on an Air India staff member by a passenger who happens to be a Member of Parliament on March 23, 2017. The airlines demand that strict action be taken against the Member of Parliament by law enforcement agencies. We believe that an assault on any one of our employees is an assault on all of us and on ordinary law abiding citizens of our country who work hard to earn a living.Air India and FIA member airlines have decided to ban this Member of Parliament from flying on all our flights with immediate effect. We believe that exemplary action should be taken in such incidents to protect employee morale and public safety.In the interest of the safety and security of our colleagues and other customers we also propose the promulgation of a “no fly” list which shall include the names of all unruly passengers. Such customers are not welcome on our carriers and we seek the support of the Government and security agencies to enforce such a “no fly” list.
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ALSO READ FIA mulls action on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting Air India staffFederation of Indian Airlines

Don’t have the power to ban Shiv Sena MP Federation of Indian Airlines @ 3/24/2017 12:44:37 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Dispelling reports that Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had been barred from flying after he assaulted a a 60-year-old Air India staffer, the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has asserted that they do not have the power to ban anyone, adding that Air India was not part of the FIA in the first place. ?We have not banned the MP. We do not have powers to ban anyone. In any case, Air India is not part of the FIA. The body represents IndiGo, Go Air, SpiceJet and Jet Airways,? FIA Association Director, Ujjwal Dey told ANI. Earlier, the Centre also took cognisance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter. Meanwhile, a day after two FIRs were registered against him for hitting a 60-year-old Air India staffer with his slipper and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes, Gaikwad today remained unapologetic about the incident and dared the Delhi Police to arrest him. “I will not apologise. It was not my fault, it was his fault. He should apologise. First ask him to apologise then we will see,” Gaikwad told the media here. “Let the Delhi Police arrest me. Uddhav ji will decide the course of action,” he added. The MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra also downplayed reports suggesting that Air India is considering banning him from boarding its flights. “I have the tickets, they can’t blacklist me. I will board the Delhi-Pune Air India flight this evening. How can they not allow me?” he said. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has sought a report to determine the facts before he decides on what happens next for Gaikwad. The Shiv Sena yesterday said that it does not tolerate violence. Gaikwad was travelling from Pune to New Delhi when scuffle broke out over the sitting arrangement. The MP claimed that his ticket was for business class but Air India provided him economy class.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 missing Indian clerics in custody of Pak’s intel agency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two missing Indian clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah are in custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agency over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), official sources said today. Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, they said. “The personnel of an intelligence took both the clerics into custody after getting them offloaded and shifted them to an undisclosed location for investigation,” the sources told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SpiceJet flight delayed by 9 hours due to crack on windshield

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city-bound SpiceJet flight from Pune was today delayed by nearly nine hours due to a crack on the plane’s windshield. The airline’s flight SG 999 was scheduled for take-off at 7:20 am but it finally departed at 4:25 pm as spare parts and engineers had to be flown in from Delhi and Chennai to fix the crack. “The men and material required to replace the windscreen were moved from Delhi and Chennai, but as the Pune runway was closed from 8 am to 10:30 am, the flight carrying spares landed at only 11:00 am,” said an official statement. SpiceJet did not share the number of passengers on board its aircraft. However, it said that some of the passengers were accommodated on other airlines.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India hands over Mallya extradition request to the UK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The noose is finally tightening around liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is accused of loan defaults and financial irregularities by investigating agencies.Acting on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) plea, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday formally submitted papers for his extradition to the UK High Commission. The papers have been with the ministry’s legal department for the past many months.”We’ve today handed over the request for extradition of Vijay Mallya as received from the CBI to the UK High Commission in New Delhi. We have requested the UK side to extradite him to face trial in India,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup at a press briefing.He also mentioned that both countries are bound by a bilateral extradition treaty. “Honouring the request will be seen as an act of cooperation,” Swarup added.Earlier on Thursday, United Breweries removed Mallya from his non-executive chairman role. The UB Group said that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has barred Mallya from holding key managerial roles in any listed company. Mallya, owner of Kingfisher Airlines, was known for his flamboyant lifestyle.Mallya fled to the UK in March 2016 after defaulting a loan of Rs 9,000 crore from a consortium of banks. Despite multiple injunctions, he did not appear before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).Asserting that India has a “legitimate” case against Mallya, Swarup said that if an extradition request is honoured, it shows the UK’s “sensitivity towards our concerns”. Last month, a CBI court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Mallya in the Rs 720-crore IDBI Bank loan default case.The UB Group’s decision to distance itself from the baron follows the Karnataka High Court issuing a winding-up order on United Breweries Holdings Ltd (UBHL), the firm through which Mallya controlled his business empire. The court had directed an official liquidator to take over all assets. A spokesman for the British High Commission said that the Commission does not comment on individual cases.Last month, the CBI filed a charge sheet against fromer IDBI Bank chairman, Kingfisher Airlines, Vijay Mallya and eight others. Those arrested included the then chairman of IDBI Bank Yogesh Aggarwal and former CFO of now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines A Raghunathan. The arrests were followed by searches at 11 places, including Mallya’s residence in New Delhi, three floors of UB towers in Bengaluru and residences of Aggarwal and Raghunathan.The CBI has alleged that Aggarwal approved the loans and instructed to expedite the ratings while finalising loans of over Rs 900 crore to Kingfisher Airlines. The agency has said that the loans were issued by accepting Kingfisher brand, leased aircraft as hypothecation, and guarantees from UB Group and Mallya himself.

Man and wife, both govt employees, jailed in DA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court has awarded one year jail term to an MCD’s junior engineer and his wife, working as a government school teacher here, for amassing assets worth Rs 72 lakh disproportionate to their known sources of income in a 16-year-old case. Special Judge Vinod Kumar handed over the punishment to Raja Som Sehrawat, who was working as Junior Engineer, MCD, South Zone, and his wife Urmil Sehrawat, who was working as a TGT teacher in the Directorate of Education, Government of NCT, Delhi. “I hold that accused 1 (Raja) and accused 2 (Urmil) were having assets disproportionate to the tune of Rs 72 lakh, as compared to their known sources of income… I sentence the convicts to rigorous imprisonment for one year,” the court said while directing confiscation of the amount from the convicts. In its order, the court said that although they had examined witnesses, shown the windfalls in their income tax returns (IRTs) and intimated the department, that was not sufficient. “It appears to be a case where accused started laundering unlawful money in a very calculated manner by carefully showing it in ITRs and by creating necessary paper work… “In the present case, the court cannot ignore that all the gifts are being made to the accused persons in very weird way, which is not generally seen in the human relations,” it said. It said that the manner in which huge cash was being accepted and cheque was being issued or vice-versa, were a proof that some other activity than which was lawful for a public servant, was being carried out by both the duo. “Where there is a ‘windfall’, the burden is higher upon the public servant to prove the same convincingly. When there are frequent ‘windfalls’ occurring to the public servants, the court will have no option but to reject such claims lock, stock and barrel,” the judge said. CBI had claimed that during the search conducted at the residential premises of the duo in Vasant Kunj area in August 2000, assets to the tune of around Rs 80.42 lakh disproportionate to their known sources of income were found. Thereafter, a case was registered under the sections of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The agency had also arrayed Raja’s father, who had retired in December 1990 as superintendent from Indian Airlines. However, he died during the pendency of the case and the proceedings against him were abated.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Digest for domestic stories for week Jan 28 – Feb 3, 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Saturday Jaipur: Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali cancels the shooting of “Padmavati” here, saying the assault on him and vandalism on the sets of his movie by a Rajput group that triggered outrage in the film industry were “uncalled for” and extremely damaging to the image of the beautiful city. Panaji: Promising to make Goa the “most comfortable” state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a comfortable majority for BJP in the February 4 polls as he dares Congress and AAP to fight on development plank instead of raking up minor issues like election dates and advancement of the Union budget. New Delhi: Taking umbrage to certain union ministries failing to seek its concurrence before taking decisions which can affect level playing field during Assembly polls in five states, the Election Commission asks Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to ensure that its guidelines on the model code are adhered to strictly. Sunday New Delhi: Voicing displeasure over the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Congress, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav says he would not campaign for it in the state assembly polls. New Delhi: On the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary Prime Minister Narendra Modi says government is making efforts to eliminate leprosy as a tribute to the vision of the father of the nation. Kotkapura (Punjab): Pakistan is eagerly waiting for a chance to use the soil of Punjab to destroy India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says warning the electorate against voting a “non-serious” party and “those given to luxurious lifestyle” to power. Monday New Delhi/Islamabad: Amidst chill in Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan declines an invitation by Indian Parliament and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to attend South Asian Speakers’ Summit to be held next month. Jammu: In a clear message to ally BJP, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti says anybody weakening Article 370, which grants special status to the state, will be doing the “biggest anti-national act” even as she contended that a “conspiracy is being hatched against our culture and state” in this regard. New Delhi: Ahead of the Budget Session, BJP alleges Congress has been pushed against the wall as “corrupt hands” of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambram ensured bank loans to Vijay Mallya’s “sinking” Kingfisher Airlines. Tuesday Bathinda: Three persons die and six get injured in an explosion in a car near the venue of the road show of a Congress candidate at Maur Mandi here even as police did not rule out terrorism angle in the incident that came a few days before Punjab goes to polls on February 4. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian air carriers slip on the safety front

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While India’s aviation sector maybe the fastest-growing in the world, it is far from the safest. According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a record 422 air safety violations were detected in 2016 against 275 in 2015.DGCA sources said that airline staff, including pilots, are facing regulatory action for safety violations like turning up drunk to fly or for being involved in accidents. The staff were also found guilty of flying more than the permitted hours.The 422 enforcement actions by DGCA included suspensions, de-rostering staff (taken off flying duty) and warnings. While 272 crew members were suspended, 42 pilots were de-rostered and 108 were warned. These violations were 54 per cent higher than the regulatory action taken against 275 cockpit and cabin crew members in 2015. The maximum suspension period for airline staff is eight weeks, in which time they are given corrective training before being allowed to fly again.In 2015, the regulator had also got first information reports registered against two pilots (one each of Air India and Jet) and three cabin crew members (two of AI and one of Jet), who were found tipsy after operating international routes in post-flight breath analyser (BA) tests.The rising number of violations comes at a time when officials of the United Nations aviation watchdog, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), is coming to India later this year for a 10-day safety audit of DGCA. The audit will be important because it will have consequences for the expansion plans of airlines such as Jet Airways (India) Ltd, Air India and the international launch of the Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture, Vistara, which will have to meet government norms to go international in 2018.In 2012, after a DGCA audit, the ICAO had placed India in its list of 13 worst-performing nations in terms of air safety oversight. In 2014, US aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), had also downgraded India’s ranking. However, after 15 months, the ratings were restored, but during the 15-month period, Indian carriers were not allowed to add new routes to the US or sign agreements with US airlines.Jet Airways topped the list of safety violations with 116, followed by SpiceJet (101). Air India came third with 66, and IndiGo saw 55 of its crew members being punished.Elaborating on the safety violations, an official said: “Budget carriers SpiceJet and GoAir had wet-leased aircraft (where planes are taken on rent along with the crew). Two foreign pilots of these planes were found tipsy in pre-flight BA tests. We immediately asked the airlines to send those pilots back to their home countries, meaning that they should not continue flying here. We also wrote to the aviation regulators of their home countries.”DGCA sources said there were more safety violations in 2014 due to extra surveillance on private planes used by political leaders for campaigning during general elections that year. Reasoning the increase in number of violations last year, the official explained that risk-based audits have help them crack the most on discrepancies. “Under the risk-based audit, we got into the whole training process of an airline. This has helped us detect and rectify a lot of flaws,” said the official.

Air India Kolkata launches Swachhta Pakhwada

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National carrier Air India observed the Swachhta Pakhwada recently in tandem with the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission. Captain Rohit Bhasin, Air India’s Regional Director (East) along with departmental heads and employees participated in cleaning and sweeping the floors, corridors and premises of Airlines House to spread the message of Swachh Bharat. A high-level committee was set up to inspect regularly the cleanliness maintained by the departments. A pledge was also read by all employees and the need to keep the working environment clean was explained by Capt. Bhasin. Similar activities were also held at other establishments of Air India here. A slogan-writing competition was also held for employees to inspire them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong defends Manmohan Singh, accuses govt. of ‘shamelessly’ allowing Mallya to escape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Defending former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh following allegations that the UPA regime facilitated loans to Vijay Mallya?s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines from a consortium of banks, the Congress Party turned the tables on the ruling dispensation asking how did they let the liquor baron leave the nation in the first place. Demanding the Centre to provide evidence of the charges against Dr Singh, Congress leader Rizwan Arshad asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led party has never been able to produce a shred of proof in its allegations. ?Since the last three years that they have been in power, the Modi government has claimed corruption under Manmohan Singh?s regime but have not brought any credible evidence,? Arshad told ANI. ?We want to ask Prime Minister Modi and his government how they allowed Vijay Mallya to flee from this country. He ran away with police protection. Who allowed his felicitation? You have shamelessly allowed him to run away,? he added. The BJP earlier alleged that Dr Singh and former finance minister P. Chidambaram helped Mallya get huge loans for bailing out the Kingfisher Airlines. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra produced two letters addressed to Dr Singh and another to Chidambaram to back his allegation that the UPA government intervened to facilitate loans to Mallya’s airline in 2011 and 2013 when it was in a financial mess. ?The Vijay Mallya case has been a classic case of duping the people of India of their money, of their hard earned money. And we have seen over a period of time there have been certain questions which have been looming large in this case. The question was if an ordinary man goes to take loan then the paper work has to be complete only after a complete paper work and after a lot of grilling, a man is entitled to get a hefty loan,? Patra said. ?The first loan was granted to Vijay Mallya in 2004 and then on February 7, 2008. Despite his cost declared NPA, restructuring of his loan was done in December 21, 2010. Even the Supreme Court had asked as to why the banks continued to lend money if they had managed to recover only one-tenth of what they had lend,? he added. Patra also demanded that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi come clean on the issue. Dr Singh yesterday rubbished the allegations levelled by the BJP of helping Mallya get loans, saying he has not done anything against the law of the land. “All Prime Ministers and other ministers in any government receive representation from various captains of industry which is passed on to appropriate authority,? Dr Singh said while responding to the charges during a joint press conference with Chidambaram at the party headquarters. ?What I did was with full satisfaction of mine that we were not doing anything against law of the land. It was a normal routine transaction and, therefore, the letter that?s being talked about is nothing but an ordinary piece of letter,? he added. Chidambaram also backed Dr Singh and said, ?If a letter to PMO is marked down to the principal secretary which is then forwarded to the department concerned, it is normal. The government, especially the PMO, or the finance minister’s office etc, receive hundreds of representations every day.? ?No minister can deal with these representations personally and they are marked down to the officer concerned who take appropriate follow-up action. Please ask the present government whether they received no representations at all in the last three years. If they say they haven’t received any representation, that will be the serious reflection of the way this government is functioning,? he added. The former union minister also refuted allegations when asked whether there was any pressure on the consortium of banks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI opposes bail pleas of 9 accused in IDBI loan default case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI today opposed the bail pleas of nine accused executives of IDBI Bank and now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) who were arrested last week in connection with IDBI loan default case, in which KFA promoter Vijay Mallya is a wanted accused. CBI lawyer Bharat Badami filed a written reply in a special court here, opposing the bail applications of the nine accused, who were arrested on January 23 when the investigative agency filed a charge sheet in the case. The nine accused, who are in judicial custody till February 7, are former IDBI chairman Yogesh Aggarwal, former CFO of the Kingfisher Airlines A Raghunathan, IDBI executives O V Bundellu, S K V Srinivasan, R S Sridhar, B K Batra, and Kingfisher executives Shailesh Borke, A C Shah and Amit Nadkarni. Their lawyers, Abad Ponda and Girish Kulkarni, argued that all of them come from respectable families and have roots in the society. Hence, they should be released on bail. The lawyers also assured the court that the accused, if released on bail, would fully cooperate with the investigating agency and appear before it whenever required. CBI pleaded that sufficient time had not been given to the investigating agency to interrogate the accused as they were arrested only last week. The central agency said if the accused were granted bail that might hamper the investigation and they might tamper with the evidence. Special CBI court judge H S Mahajan would hear the arguments on the bail petitions tomorrow. CBI said the charge sheet filed recently mentioned that its special investigation team had found that there were many commissions and omissions on the part of IDBI officials in the process of sanctioning and disbursement of loan of Rs 1,300 crore to KFA. The probe so far has revealed that about Rs 260 crore were diverted by KFA, while Rs 263 crore were used to pay salaries, tax deducted at source, income tax and loan instalments. A part of the loan amount was also allegedly diverted by Mallya for his “personal expenses”. CBI contended that the IDBI officials, who have been arrested, were instrumental in sanctioning and facilitating disbursement of the loan. The entire team of officials from IDBI, from the proposer to the verifier, was arrested on January 23. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP, Cong spar over "help" extended to Mallya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP and Congress today traded charges over “help” extended to Vijay Mallya in securing loans and fleeing the country, with the two parties hurling accusations at each other for coming to the aid of the beleaguered businessman. Ahead of the Budget session beginning tomorrow, BJP sought to corner Congress, alleging the “corrupt hands” which helped Mallya secure bank loans belonged to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram. Singh and Chidambaram rejected the charge, while Congress targeted the Modi government over allowing the liquor baron to flee to foreign shores. BJP spokesman Sambit Patra quoted from purported letters written by Mallya to Singh seeking his intervention to bail out his struggling Kingfisher Airlines following which it got loans. Patra asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul to explain at whose behest the defaulting company got loans. “The hands which pulled the strings to ensure that Mallya received loans are visible now. It belonged to Chidambaram and Singh. Did the hands of 10, Janpath also pull the string? Sonia and Rahul Gandhi should come out in public to say at whose behest the loans were sanctioned to Kingfisher Airline,” he told a press conference. “It was after one such letter Mallya had written to Singh on November 14, 2011 that the Prime Minister told the media that ‘we have to find ways to get Kingfisher out of trouble’,” Patra claimed. Trashing the accusation, Singh and Chidambaram told the media that it was a routine thing for captains of industry to write letters to the government which were marked to appropriate authorities and that they did not violate any law. “I think what I have done was done with full satisfaction of mind that we were not doing anything which was against law of the land,” Singh said, rubbishing the charges at a press conference jointly addressed by him and Chidambaram at Congress headquarters. Singh said all prime ministers and other ministers received representations from the industry. “In normal course, we pass on these to appropriate authorities. It was a normal, routine transaction and therefore the letter that is being talked about is nothing but an ordinary piece of letter which any government in my position would have dealt with,” Singh said. Chidambaram, on his part, said hundreds of such representations received by the government were not dealt with by Ministers themselves. “No Minister can deal with each one of these representations. They are marked down to departments and officers concerned, who will then take appropriate follow-up action,” he said, adding there was “absolutely nothing wrong” if somebody sought some policy changes or wanted forbearance to be shown. “If letter to PMO is marked down to Principal Secretary to PM and Principal Secretary fowards it to department concerned, these are normal,” he claimed. More(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Absconder’ Vijay Mallya can’t play victimhood card: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lashing out at liquor baron Vijay Mallya for rubbishing the SEBI’s allegations of indulging in fraudulent activities, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said the former cannot play the victimhood card when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is clearly going after everyone who is absconding.Asserting that Mallya’s businesses were built on public funds in terms of bank loans, BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI that if they have gone bad then the liquor baron should be able to explain what the reasons are.”You can’t play the victimhood card when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is clearly going after everyone who is absconding. If you don’t cooperate with the agencies yourself there is no right for you to say that you have a right to say you are a victim in it,” he added.Dubbing Mallya as an ‘absconder’, Kohli said as a citizen the former has every right to come and present his case before the court.”Go and cooperate with the investigating agencies and if he has any merits in this case he should be able to present it. Instead, he has chosen to run away. At the same time while he is talking of setting up of businesses he probably will be more remembered in the recent past for having large-scale celebrations for his personal events and releasing calendars while people, ex employees of his organisations were committing suicides for lack of salaries,” he added.Mallya on Thursday rubbished the SEBI’s allegations of indulging in fraudulent activities and said that he is getting used to these witch hunts coming from all directions with no legal basis whatsoever.”Allegations of fund diversion out of USL are baseless. USL accounts were approved by top Auditors, an eminent Board of Directors in shareholders,” Mallya said, adding this shows what government machinery can do.Mallya, who has been accused of diversion of funds from Kingfisher Airlines, tweeted, “CBI alleges diversion of funds OUT of Kingfisher Air. SEBI alleges diversion of funds from USL INTO Kingfisher Air. What joke is this??””For 30 years I built the world’s largest spirits company in India’s largest brewing company. Also launched the finest Airline. This is what I get,” he added.Earlier on Wednesday, market regulator SEBI barred Mallya from the stock market for fraudulently diverting about Rs. 1,881 crore from United Spirits (USL) to various other entities within the UB Group, including now grounded Kingfisher Airlines (KFA).It also instructed USL to report to SEBI, within 21 days, about the action it has initiated against Mallya, Capoor and others.Along with Mallya, SEBI also barred another six people including Ashok Capoor and V K Rekhi, both former MDs of USL from the market. Capoor has also been barred from directorship of any listed company.

Rs 254 crore of Kingfisher loan siphoned off: CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested nine persons, including former chairman of IDBI Bank, in connection with the Vijay Mallya’s Rs 900-crore loan default case, the agency on Tuesday filed a charge sheet before a special court in Mumbai.The voluminous charge sheet—with a list of 76 witnesses and 570 probe related documents—said that Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) allegedly diverted significant portions of the loan amount for “personal use”.The agency, seeking remand of the arrested, said the IDBI officials allegedly showed undue favour to Kingfisher in the matter of sanction and disbursement of short-term loans (STL)—Rs 1,509 crore on October 7, 2009; Rs 200 crore on November 4, 2009; and corporate loan of Rs 750 crore on November 27, 2009.This is “despite weak financials, negative net worth and low credit rating of the borrower company” and despite it, “being a new client, not satisfying the norms stipulated in corporate loan policy of the bank”, reads the remand application produced before the special CBI court presided over by judge HS Mahajan.”Significant amounts were also remitted out of India on the pretext of payment of lease rental and purchase of aircraft parts etc. It is alleged that the application for availing the loans were submitted by A Raghunathan CFO of KFA wherein he gave reference of meetings held between Vijay Mallya and CMD of IDBI bank.” Besides the nine arrested the tenth accused is the Kingfisher company, while the eleventh is Vijay Mallya, who is shown as absconding by the agency.Even as a chargesheet has been filed in the case, the agency might find itself in a fix next Monday, when the hearing on bail plea for those arrested will be taken up.A custodial arrest in corruption cases is normally held taking into consideration that the accused might flee the country or influence the evidence against them during the course of investigation or before the filing of a chargesheet. But with a charge sheet already filed, an accused is eligible to apply for bail.In the Mallya case, CBI had filed an FIR in July 2015 and when asked why the accused were taken into custody, CBI officials told DNA, “to further the probe”.There is more. The probe agency has claimed that IDBI Bank gave Mallya a Rs 900 crore loan despite financial instability of KFA but is yet to mention the quid pro quo. The agency has to prove whether there were illicit transactions between bank officials and KFA management. For now, all that CBI has said is that a total of Rs 254 crore out of the Rs 900 crore loan were put to personal use by KFA officials. “Role of IDBI officials is yet to be probed,” agency officials said.Interestingly the FIR was registered under under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of Indian Penal Code and under appropriate sections of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. In its charge sheet, the agency has booked 11 accused, including Mallya and KFA under criminal conspiracy, fraud and other sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Mallya probe: CBI arrests ex-IDBI Bank chairman, 8 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested nine persons, including the former chairman of IDBI Bank, in connection with the Vijay Mallya loan default case.According to the probe agency, those arrested include the then chairman of IDBI Bank Yogesh Aggarwal and former chief financial officer of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) A Raghunathan. The arrested allegedly connived with Mallya to get a Rs 900-crore loan to KFA sanctioned in violation of banking norms.Others arrested are Shailesh Borkar, Amit Nandkarni and AC Shah, all former KFA officials, and BK Dutta, SKV Srinivasan, OV Bundellu and RS Sridhar of IDBI Bank. A CBI official on Monday said that IDBI officials allegedly sidelined a recommendation against granting of loan on the basis of credit worthiness and net worth of the airlines.The accused have been booked them under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of Indian Penal Code and under appropriate sections of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.The agency had been investigating just a loan default case, which involved KFA’s non-return of IDBI Bank’s Rs 900 crore loan, granted in 2009. According to CBI documents, KFA colluded with senior officials of the IDBI Bank, who allegedly showed undue favour to the said company even after knowing that it was reeling under debt. Mallya, who was the director of the now defunct airline, was named an accused in the case along with A Raghunathan, the CFO of KFA on July 29, 2015.Senior CBI officials also told DNA that the agency had expanded its probe to include the firm’s default on loans from IDBI and the 16 other public sector banks and will be checking close to five lakh bank transactions of Mallya made between 2004-2016. A total of Rs 7,000 crore was borrowed during 2004-12 by Mallya.In its probe, CBI investigators listed three major transactions in which KFA was sanctioned loans at various points in 2009. On a loan request made on October 1, 2009, sanctioning authority headed credit committee, comprising OV Bundellu, CMD, BK Batra and R Bansal, sanctioned a loan of Rs 150 crore on October 7, 2009, CBI officials said.The arrests on Monday were the first ever since the probe agency registered the case in 2015.

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