ED probes `270cr pay­offs by for­eign air­lines to lob­by­ist

Role Of Top UPA Min­is­ters, Babus Un­der Scan­ner

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Pradeep.Thakur @times­group.com

New Delhi: In­tense ques­tion­ing of re­cently ex­tra­dited lob­by­ist Deepak Tal­war by the En­force­ment Direc­torate in re­la­tion to al­leged pay­offs of more than Rs 270 crore de­posited in Bank of Sin­ga­pore by in­ter­na­tional air­lines, be­sides Rs 88 crore re­ceived by his NGO, has put the fo­cus on links be­tween some top min­is­ters and bu­reau­crats in the pre­vi­ous UPA regime and Tal­war.

The cor­po­rate lob­by­ist, known for his ac­cess in civil avi­a­tion cir­cles, is be­ing ques­tioned by ED to fur­ther es­tab­lish the money trail where it is sus­pected that Rs 90 crore was with­drawn from bank ac­counts of Tal­war-con­trolled en­ti­ties and dis­trib­uted to politi­cians and of­fi­cials who could have had a role in tweak­ing of rules to ben­e­fit cer­tain for­eign air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers and air­lines.

Tal­war was de­ported from Dubai on Jan­uary 31 and bro- ught back on a Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing (RAW) air­craft and has been since re­manded in ED cus­tody till Fe­bru­ary 12 by a Delhi court in a money laun­der­ing case reg­is­tered against him in 2017 un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the ED has re­ceived de­tails of at least $55 mil­lion de­posited be­tween 2008 and 2012 in Bank of Sin­ga­pore in ac­counts of com­pa­nies al­legedly “owned and con­trolled” by Tal­war.

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