New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against former Air India Chairman and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav and other former senior officials in a corruption case involving the alleged violation of norms during the appointment of general manager-rank officers, officials said. Additionally, the CBI has also charged former general manager (medical services) LP Nakhwa and former additional general managers Amitabh Singh, Rohit Bhasin and A Kathpalia.
Former employees booked for criminal conspiracy and corruption
The former officials have been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections associated with criminal conspiracy and Prevention of Corruption Act. The CBI alleged that Jadhav had formed an “illegal” promotion panel to suggest suitable candidates for promotions for the general manager operations post in 2009-10.
Sleuths also said that the “illegal” panel had suggested five persons, including Singh, Bhasin and Kathpalia. While Kathpalia had a criminal case pending, he was allegedly given vigilance clearance. The CBI stated that complaints against Singh and Bhasin were also pending.
“Jadhav, in conspiracy with Nakhwa, had abused his official position in order to appoint her as a member of promotion panel committee and giving promotion to her without following due process for promotion,” the CBI added.
Jadhav, who was appointed by Air India in May 2009 for a three-year tenure, was sacked by the state-run carrier in 2011.