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Special court extends Yasmin Kapoor’s ED custody in the aviation scam

  • Deepak Talwar is in judicial custody in the case
  • Special judge Anil Kumar Sisodia last week had dismissed Talwar’s bail plea on the ground that “default bail” cannot be granted as a matter of right

New Delhi: Special court extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of Yasmin Kapoor, an aid of Deepak Talwar for the next nine days, in connection with an aviation scam which allegedly led to losses for Air India.

Deepak Talwar is in judicial custody in the case.

Special judge Anil Kumar Sisodia last week had dismissed Talwar’s 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.

Talwar’s role is being investigated in some aviation deals during the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime. The investigating agencies have 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.

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