New Delhi: After 2G spectrum case and Common Wealth Games (CWG) scam, the ruling dispensation will now face heat in Airbus-Indian Airlines deal. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is all set to lodge an FIR against the Civil Aviation Ministry for fudging Rs 9000 crore in purchase of 43 aircrafts.

The CBI has sought permission from the government to prosecute employees of Indian Airlines who are presently posted as additional secretary and at other higher positions in government department.

One of the senior CBI officials informed that concrete evidence of fraudulence in the Airbus-Indian Airlines deal was traced out in the preliminary investigation. Nearly a dozen of civil aviation officers are under suspicion for manipulating the deal.

In 2006, the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) exacted decision on the purchase deal with Airbus and gave green signal to invest Rs 9000 crore for the purchase of 43 aircrafts. However, the provisions in the deal were manipulated before it was inked.
Slamming the Civil Aviation Ministry, the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) in its report raised questions on the final agreement and lapses in the enforcement of the deal.

JPN/Bureau