ED probes `270cr payoffs by foreign airlines to lobbyist
Role Of Top UPA Ministers, Babus Under Scanner
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circles, is being questioned by ED to further establish the money trail where it is suspected that Rs 90 crore was withdrawn from bank accounts of Talwar-controlled entities and distributed to politicians and officials who could have had a role in tweaking of rules to benefit certain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.