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Jet Airways crisis: Founder Naresh Goyal likely to submit bids today for stake in cash-strapped airline

Mumbai: Former Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal is likely to submit initial bids for a stake in the airline on Thursday, sources said.

SBI Caps, which invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for stake sale in Jet Airways on 8 April, has already extended the date for submission of bids to 12 April from 10 April earlier.

SBI Caps has the mandate for Jet Airways' sale on behalf of the SBI-led consortium of domestic lenders to the debt-ridden private carrier.

 Jet Airways crisis: Founder Naresh Goyal likely to submit bids today for stake in cash-strapped airline

File image of Naresh Goyal. Reuters

It has put between 31 percent and up to 75 percent in the airline for investors.

"Naresh Goyal is expected to submit initial bids for Jet Airways sale today (Thursday)," a source close to Goyal said.

The bidding norms allow Goyal to participate in the sale process.

Goyal's response on the issue was awaited.

SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar last month said, "It could be a financial investor, it could be airline... including Naresh Goyal himself or Etihad. Nobody is barred from bidding or taking over the airline as per the rule."

Naresh Goyal, the founder of Jet Airways, and his wife Anita Goyal last month stepped down from the board of the ailing airline, ceding majority control to the consortium, following a reduction in their stake as per the resolution plan formulated by the lenders.

The airline currently owes Rs 8,000 crore to lenders, led by the SBI.

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Updated Date: Apr 11, 2019 13:32:48 IST

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