Internal communications among top executives of AirAsia and AirAsia India stakeholder Tata Sons are key to the ongoing probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), according to people with knowledge of the matter. These allegedly refer to frequent contact and “pressure” on top government officials for obtaining clearances in 2013, they said.
Then finance secretary and Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) chairman Arvind Mayaram and Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia are frequently mentioned, along with then civil aviation minister Ajit Singh, they added.
The frequency of the messages spiked at the end of 2013 when the airline was awaiting the critical No Objection Certificate (NoC). Read More