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ED claims corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar has links with fugitive Vijay Mallya

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Thursday claimed before a that has links with fugitive in a case related to negotiations favouring and causing loss to national carrier Air

The agency made the submissions before Santosh Snehi Mann, who extended the custodial interrogation of Talwar till February 12 after the said he was to be confronted with his son

Aditya is currently abroad and has been summoned by the investigating agency for February 11, and Talwar's

said it has to find out from Talwar the names of officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of Ltd and Air who favoured foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, and Air Arabia, by making the national carrier give up its profit making routes and timings.

"Investigation has revealed his links with fugitive Vijay Mallya, when both the said persons were evading the process of law and the probe of the said aspect id ongoing for determining the trail of the tainted money in the instant case," ED's told the court.

He said Talwar's exact role in the association with bilateral air services talks and the inroads made to influence the decisions was being probed.

Further custodial interrogation of the accused was required to unearth the facts within his special and personal knowledge, said.

"The investigation has revealed that various have paid huge amount of money in the accounts of etc. whose ultimate beneficiary is and his son Aditya Talwar," it said, adding that Deepak was not cooperating and giving evasive replies.

ED had sought extension of custody for Talwar by seven days.

The court had earlier allowed ED to quiz him in custody for seven days, after the probe agency alleged that he acted as middleman in negotiations to favour causing the loss to national carrier Air India.

Mallya, the 63-year-old former boss, has been on bail in the UK on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year and is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and allegedly amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.

UK on Monday had ordered the extradition of to India, in a major blow to the embattled liquor baron.

He had lost a legal challenge against his extradition in a in December.

Talwar was deported from on January 30 and arrested by the agency on landing here.

ED had earlier told the court, "It has been alleged that officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation, NACIL, Air India, by abusing their official positions as public servants and receiving illegal gratification, in conspiracy with other public servants, private domestic and foreign airlines, made the national carrier gave up profit making routes and profit making timings of Air India in favour of national and international domestic and "

"This resulted in a huge loss of market share to the national carrier and also led to pecuniary benefits to private domestic and foreign airlines," the agency had said.

The investigation in the case has revealed the role of the accused as a middleman in the negotiations.

"In lieu of the above, entities directly or indirectly controlled by the accused have received exorbitant amounts from Qatar Airways, and Air Arabia," ED has said, submitting a chart of total USD 60.54 million received by the firms directly or indirectly owned by Talwar between April 23, 2008 to February 6, 2009.

Talwar has been charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery and under various other sections of the FCRA for allegedly diverting Rs 90.72 crore worth of foreign funds meant for ambulances and other articles received by his NGO from Europe's leading company.

His role in some aviation deals during the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) regime at the Centre is under scanner as well.

Talwar was booked by the ED and the (CBI) in criminal cases of corruption, while the charged him with tax evasion.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 18:35 IST
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