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ED claims Talwar has links with Vijay Mallya, court extends custody till Feb 12

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Thursday claimed before a that has links with fugitive in a case.

S S Mann extended the ED's custody of Talwar till February 12 after the probe agency said he was to be confronted with his son who is currently abroad and has been summoned by the investigating agency for February 11.

had sought extension of custody for Talwar by seven days.

The court had earlier allowed 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

claimed before the court that investigation has revealed Talwar's links with Mallya, when both the were evading the process of law, and the probe is on to determine the trail of the tained money.

The 62-year-old former boss, who has been on bail in the UK on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April last year, is fighting extradition to 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.

The 63-year-old had lost a legal challenge against his extradition in a in December.

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

ED had earlier told the court that by interrogating Talwar it has to find out the names of officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of Ltd and Air India, who favoured foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, and Air Arabia, by making national carrier, gave up profit making routes and profit making timings.

"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 ED has 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. 16:10 IST
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