FIRs registered against GVK, aviation ministry officials over Mumbai airport modernisation

FIRs have been registered against top officials of the aviation ministry, GVK Ltd and police department on a complaint that Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) received undue benefits.

hidden November 03, 2014 07:21:36 IST
FIRs registered against GVK, aviation ministry officials over Mumbai airport modernisation

Mumbai: FIRs have been registered against topofficials of the aviation ministry, GVK Ltd and policedepartment on a complaint that Mumbai International AirportLtd (MIAL) received undue benefit to the tune of hundreds ofcrores of rupees from the government.

The basis of the FIRs is a report of the Comptroller andAuditor General (CAG) on the Mumbai airport modernisationproject.

MIAL operates the Mumbai airport.

Alok Sinha, the then chairman of Airports Authority ofIndia (AAI), GVK Reddy, chairman of GVK Ltd, G V Sanjay Reddy,
who is the managing director of the MIAL, Deputy PoliceCommissioner Namdev Chavan, Assistant Police Commissioner
Madhukar Sankhye, Senior Inspector Rajendra Nagbhire andInspector Vijay Sathe have been charged in an FIR filedyesterday at Airport police station here under IPC sections468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 420 (cheating) and 120B(criminal conspiracy), police said.

The second FIR names the four police personnel under IPCsections 166 (public servant disobeying law with intent to
cause injury to any person), 217 (public servant disobeyingdirection of law with intent to save person from punishment or
property from forfeiture) for not registering the complaintearlier.

The third FIR has been registered under the Prevention ofCorruption Act against these four policemen in the same case.
A court in suburban Andheri had directed the police toregister the FIRs and start a probe after the activist VishwasBhamburkar approached the court, said Additional PoliceCommissioner Milind Bharambe this evening.

Bhamburkar had approached the police last December,seeking registration of FIRs on the basis of CAG report, butpolice refused to entertain him, so he moved the court.

According to the CAG's draft report, MIAL, owned by aconsortium led by GVK Power and Infrastructure, received unduebenefit from the government. It accuses the civil aviationministry and the AAI of failing to monitor the Mumbai airportupgradation and modernisation project effectively.

According to CAG, the project was to be completed in 2010but was delayed by over three years, but the ministry did not
levy penalty on MIAL for the delay. Further, to recover theincreased cost, MIAL was allowed to levy additional usage fee
from passengers.

The CAG had also castigated the government for wronglycalculating the land available, which resulted in MIAL getting
an additional 126 acres. MIAL finally got 2,001 acres againstthe 1,875 acres it was originally meant to get, and it was
able to commercially utilise 191.2 acres, about 12 acres morethan originally meant, giving it undue benefit, it says.

Meanwhile, when approached for comment, MIAL spokespersonsaid, "Once we know the contents of the complaint, we will
give a suitable response."

Sinha said he was not aware of the issue.

PTI

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