New Delhi: The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday dismissed the bail application of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar in connection with an aviation scam which allegedly led to losses for Air India.
Special judge Anil Kumar Sisodia dismissed the bail plea on the ground that “default bail" cannot be granted as a matter of right. In the case, the bail plea was filed on the ground that the cognizance of the chargesheet was not taken within 60 days but the same was filed on the 60th day i.e. 23 September.
"...Coming to the facts of the present case, as already noted above accused was arrested in this case on 26.07.2019 and is in custody since then. The period of 60 days as stipulated in proviso to Section 167 (2) Cr.P.C expired on 23.09.2019. Chargesheet in the case was filed by CBI on 60th day itself i.e. on 23.09.2019. Hence, in my considered opinion, the accused/applicant is not entitled to “default bail" merely because cognizance was not taken by this court before the expiry of 60 days...." the order reads.
The court will take the cognizance of the chargesheet on 16 October. Talwar was sent to judicial custody on 9 August.
Earlier in the day, Enforcement Directorate (ED) had arrested a close aide of corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar, Yasmin Kapoor inside a special court in a money-laundering case related to negotiations allegedly favouring foreign private airlines and causing loss to state-owned Air India.
Talwar’s role is being investigated in some aviation deals during the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime. The investigation has established that Deepak Talwar obtained undue favours for select private airlines using his contacts.
The CBI had earlier told the court that it had to find out the names of officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of India Ltd and Air India, who favoured the foreign airlines.
It said these officials, in conspiracy with other public servants, private domestic and foreign airlines, made Air India give up profit making routes and timings in favour of national and international domestic and foreign private airlines. This resulted in a huge loss of market share to the national carrier and led to pecuniary benefits to private domestic and foreign airlines, it has alleged.