Foreign airlines paid Rs 270 crore to lobbyist Deepak Talwar

Intense questioning of recently extradited lobbyist Deepak Talwar by the Enforcement Directorate in relation to alleged payoffs of more than Rs 270 crore deposited in Bank of Singapore by international airlines, besides Rs 88 crore received in his NGO, has put the focus on links between some top ministers and bureaucrats in the previous UPA regime and Talwar.

The corporate lobbyist, known for his access in civil aviation circles, is being questioned by ED to further establish the money trail where it is suspected that Rs 90 crore was withdrawn from bank accounts of Talwar-controlled entities and distributed to politicians and officials who could have had a role in tweaking of rules to benefit certain foreign aircraft manufacturers and airlines. Read more

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