New Delhi: The CBI has booked former Air India chairman-cum-managing director Arvind Jadhav and other former senior officials of the national carrier for allegedly violating norms in appointing general managers, officials said on Wednesday.

Along with Jadhav, the CBI has booked Dr (Ms) L P Nakhwa (now retired), then general manager (medical services) and then additional general managers A Kathpalia, Amitabh Singh and Rohit Bhasin. They have been charged under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and Prevention of Corruption Act.

The agency alleged that former CMD Arvind Jadhav constituted an "illegal" promotion panel to recommend suitable candidates for promotions to the post of general manager (operations) during 2009-10. The panel had recommended five persons, including Kathpalia, Singh and Bhasin, the officials said. Kathpalia was having a pending criminal case, but was allegedly given vigilance clearance, the FIR alleged.

The agency also said that complaints were also pending against Singh and Bhasin, who were selected for the position.

"Jadhav...conspiracy with...Nakhwa had abused his official position in order to appoint her as a member of the promotion panel committee and promoting her without following due process," the CBI added.

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