In a massive development, the CBI, on Monday, has filed a charge sheet against the lobbyist Deepak Talwar in connection with the aviation scam, according to sources. Sources further report that the agency in the court of Anil Kumar Sisodia under section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (1988). The charge sheet also reportedly includes Yasmeen Kapoor, Maya Deep Puri, two other companies - Stone Travel Pvt. ltd. along with Sedan travels, apart from Deepak Talwar. He was previously charge-sheeted by the ED in connection with the same case.
Sources further report that former civil aviation minister Praful Patel has not been named in this case. The agency is reportedly looking into the larger conspiracy in this aviation scam. There have also been multiple FIRs filed previously by the CBI in connection with this case, as per sources. The agency is particularly looking into the procurement of airplanes where Deepak talwar had played a role in influencing certain companies.
Previously in June, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had summoned former Minister of Civil Aviation Praful Patel in connection with the case against aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar. Republic Media Network had learnt that the senior NCP leader, Patel is probed in the 212 crore kickbacks case. This case already been named in the chargesheet filed by the ED in May against Deepak Talwar and his son Adityanath Talwar . Talwar had allegedly influenced negotiations favouring foreign private airlines including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia during the UPA-era, over Air India.
The allegation registered against them in the Aviation scam claims that private airlines were given preference by reducing the routes of Air India flights, thus causing losses to the national carrier. The agency had claimed entities directly or indirectly controlled by the accused received exorbitant amounts from foreign carriers and submitted a chart totalling $60.54 million received by firms directly or indirectly owned by Talwar between April 23, 2008, to February 6, 2009. Republic TV had unearthed an email trail connecting the then-UPA government's Civil Aviation Minister to the lobbyist and his various activities. It had mentions made of numerous facets of the multi-crore alleged aviation scam which overlapped with state-run carrier Air India falling into severe and debilitating debt.