On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a notice to Aditya Talwar, Deepak Talwar's son, who is named in the multi-crore civil aviation scam, in which Air India reportedly experienced enormous losses, and remained in Delhi High Court proceedings that permitted him to be represented through a lawyer. A Bench led by India's Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi decided that the matter is urgent with Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED). On July 23, the court mentioned the case for argument and final disposal. Mr Mehta said that in unravelling the scam, Aditya was a vital connection. The order of the High Court on May 31 to exempt him from private appearance before the Special Judge, and allow him to be represented by a lawyer would further delay the advancement of the inquiry under the Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED said the trial court originally issued a non-bailable warrant against Aditya, who is supposed to have obtained the citizenship of Antiguan, but whose precise location remained unknown. Only after a lawyer eventually began to represent him in the case, the warrants were cancelled. The PMLA court, subsequently, enacted an order directing him to appear in individual in response to an ED request to declare him a Fugitive Economic Offender.
Mr Mehta said that any leniency shown now would delay the progress of the case. This would be a breach of the January 5, 2017 apex court's own order to investigate the case as soon as possible. Probe in the case disclosed that the bilateral meetings between India and the UAE / Qatar resulted in incorrect losses to Air India, and significant gains to UAE or Qatar airlines. Notwithstanding the opinions of the Indian airline, and the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), undue traffic rights were granted.
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