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Former IAS in trouble: CBI digs up an old grave

By IndianMandarins- 24 Jan 2019


Digging an old grave is always a useless exercise - not for the country's law enforcement agencies and their political masters.


The CBI has reportedly booked former Air India Chairman-cum-Managing Director Arvind Jadhav and other former senior officials of the national carrier for allegedly violating norms in appointing general manager rank officers in 2009-10.

Along with Jadhav, the CBI has booked Dr (Ms) L P Nakhwa (now retired), then General Manager (medical services) and then Additional General Managers A Kathpalia, Amitabh Singh, and Rohit Bhasin. They have been charged under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The agency alleged that the former CMD had constituted an “illegal” promotion panel to recommend suitable candidates for promotions to the post of General Manager (Operations) during 2009-10.

The panel had recommended five persons, including Kathpalia, Singh, and Bhasin. Even though Kathpalia was facing a pending criminal case, he was allegedly given vigilance clearance, the FIR alleged.

The agency alleged complaints were also pending against Singh and Bhasin, who were selected for the position. â€œJadhav...conspiracy with...Nakhwa had abused his official position in order to appoint her as a member of the promotion panel committee and giving promotion to her without following due process for promotion,” the CBI added.

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