Ajit Singh, civil aviation minister, has ordered immediate suspension and initiation of major penalty proceedings against six senior officers of Airports Authority of India (AAI). A CBI inquiry has found these officers involved in committing irregularities and favouring a particular company namely M/s Bhadra International India Ltd in award of contracts for ground handling services at certain airports. The officers are L L Krishnan, Executive Director (Commercial), R L Saran, DGM (Finance), S Basu, Additional GM (Commercial), Arun Mehan, DGM (Operations), P K Chadha, DGM (Operations) and Ravi Verma, GM.
The Minister has also ordered filing of the First Information Report (FIR) against Prem Bajaj, MD of the suspect company, R V Narayanan, Retired ED (Commercial), A K Dubey, Retired ED (Finance), AAI and others for their acts of manipulation, forgery, criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and corruption under Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Corruption Act.
It has also been decided that action may be initiated against M/s Bhadra International India Ltd. for cancellation of the award/contract and recovery of dues.
Singh has directed the AAI to take corrective measures to prevent participation of defaulter contractor/parties (even if the default is by their sister/ related concerns) in future tender processes by incorporating suitable provisions in the rules and regulations.