AirAsia paid ex-CEO’s aide for meet­ing CMs, says au­dit Fake case against Shera, Sal­man’s bodyguard: Cops

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Appu Esthose Suresh letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Man­ish K Pathak man­ish.pathak@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The “eth­i­cal con­cern” raised by ousted Tata Group chair­man Cyrus Mistry re­lates to al­leged pay­ments to an aide of Mittu Chandilya, for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of Air Asia In­dia Ltd (AAIL), for help in “set­ting up meet­ings with chief min­is­ters and politi­cians”, says a foren­sic au­dit re­port by Deloitte In­dia.

On Oc­to­ber 25, a day af­ter Mistry was re­moved, he wrote an email to the Tata Sons board say­ing a re­porst had found fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions worth Rs 22 crore be­tween Air Asia and com­pa­nies in In­dia and abroad.

HT has re­viewed the key find­ings of the Deloitte In­dia re­port, com­mis­sioned by the chair­man of the Tata group’s au­dit com­mit­tee at Mistry’s in­sis­tence. Ousted Tata Group chair­man Cyrus Mistry (left) at Bom­bay House on Fri­day. The re­port reached Mistry, who has not been on AAIL’s board, a fort­night be­fore he was sacked, said sources.

More than a week af­ter Sal­man Khan’s bodyguard, Gurmeet Singh aka Shera, was booked for as­sault, CCTV footage showed the en­tire story was fab­ri­cated by the com­plainant, Athar Gu­lam An­sari and his friends.

The com­plainant had al­leged that af­ter an ar­gu­ment at a Versova restau­rant, Shera had pulled out a pis­tol and hit him with the butt of the weapon on his shoul­der re­peat­edly, frac­tur­ing his col­lar bone.

“Ac­tion will be taken against the com­plainant and his friends,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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