AirAsia paid ex-CEO’s aide for meet­ing CMs, says au­dit

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Appu Esthose Suresh

NEW DELHI: 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. The re­port reached Mistry, who has not been on AAIL’s board, a fort­night be­fore he was sacked, said sources.

BHUSHAN KOYANDE

Ousted Tata Group chair­man Cyrus Mistry (left) at Bom­bay House on Fri­day.

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