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Praful Patel, aide sunk Air India!

 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:39 am    Post subject: Praful Patel, aide sunk Air India! Reply with quote

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Praful Patel, aide sunk Air India, former Indian Airlines chief says

NEW DELHI: In an unprecedented whistleblowing act, former Indian Airlines chief Sunil Arora wrote to the then cabinet secretary B K Chaturvedi in May 2005 complaining that he and the IA board were being pressured by then civil aviation minister Praful Patel and his OSD to take financially damaging and commercially unviable decisions.

In his May 28, 2005, letter, Arora listed the decisions on which the board was overruled: purchasing more jets than required, disallowing IA to fly on viable routes to make way for other operators and, even "changing the seating configuration" to favour a particular aircraft manufacturer.

Two Lok Sabha MPs, Prabodh Panda (CPI) and Nishikant Dubey (BJP) have now approached the CVC for a probe into Arora's allegations, saying the government has failed to act.

"I would like to place before you a series of events and certain directions given to me by my immediate superior officer and the minister of civil aviation which have a vital bearing on certain critical decisions being taken in Indian Airlines and Air India... I have been constrained to write in detail to be able to explain the nuances of the verbal directions, the infirmities in the subsequent decisions taken and my consequent sense of unease in the matter," Arora wrote.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sunil Arora has been saying this for years. Why has it suddenly been noticed now?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone with the full copy of the letter?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So when is PP being arrested Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HAWK21M wrote:
So when is PP being arrested Confused


If arrests can happen on the basis of snippets of a 7 year old letter then it will be really strange. Let's get the whole letter and understand what the specific charges are.

It's not unusual for the "owner" of the organization to make decisions about the organization - and it's often said that "Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader."

No one is doubting that politicians can be corrupt, and there's every likelihood that PP is yet another corrupt politician. But these snippets ere very insipid IMO - more like disgruntled employee speak. "Forced to take financially damaging and commercially unviable decisions" - is exactly what folks at AI/ IC have been doing since the beginning, minister or no minister.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very hard to charge sheet anyone based on one's policy decisions, unless there are financial benefits that can be traced and liked to that decision. Nothing is gonna happen..

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

now this

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According to sources, the Central Vigilance Commission has started a detailed examination of a 14-page letter written by IAS officer Sunil Arora, the former chairman-and-managing director of Indian Airlines, to the then cabinet secretary alleging that the national carrier was arm-twisted into taking several decisions that led to the financial crisis in the company.

"Based on the analysis, a final decision would be taken by the CVC - whether to refer the case to the CBI for a criminal investigation, or to initiate a departmental inquiry, or to ignore it," a source said. Given the fact that the complaint concerns serious misconduct, the CVC has primarily two options -- to refer it, like it did in the case of 2G and coal block allocations, to CBI for an investigation or to just ignore the issue.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting times ahead.....
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can we have the full text of the letter
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rajeev.jaya wrote:
can we have the full text of the letter


we generally don't post the whole text...but you can read the full article by clicking on the "Times of India" link at the bottom

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