Subramanian Swamy has aksed civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri to disqualify Tata Sons from the Air India disinvestment process.
Subramanian Swamy is Rajya Sabha member of parliament (MP) of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He urged the government to disqualify TATA from bidding till a final decision on his plea against Tata Sons & Air Asia India is taken by the court.
Swamy has asked this because, in 2013, he had filed a writ petition in the Delhi high court challenging the illegal grant of license to Air Asia India which is a joint venture with Tata Sons. And according to him, his hearing was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the next date is in January 2021.
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The letter read – “In my Writ Petition on 09.07.2018 seeking a status report by CBI and ED in Air Asia India Pvt. Ltd…the order dated 11.07.2019 honourable Delhi High court impleaded CBI as a respondent and had issued notice for the purposes of getting status report with respect to the instant matter in a sealed cover.”
However, Tata Sons haven’t responded to the query.
Subramanian stated that it was evident from the documents and facts that Air Asia Berhad (a suffix used in Malaysia to identify a public limited company) of Malaysia and all the accused involved falsely prepared documents and created an “optical Illusion for the purpose of securing permission from the government of India with a premeditated conspiracy to illegally grab control of air space of domestic airlines by foreign airlines violating various norms”.
The MP said, “I have learnt from various news reports that Tata Group is In the race to buy Air India and has started negotiations with Singapore Airlines to buy out Air India. In public Interest and in the interest of justice, Tata Sons and/or with any other foreign or domestic airlines in Joint venture or alone should be disqualified from the process of bidding or any other procedure initiated by the government to buy Air India till final adjudication of my PIL before the Delhi high court and Supreme Court and any/all investigations is pending with ED ot CBI or any other authority probing the subject matter.”
(Via – Hindustan Times)