Within days of Arvind Jadhav being sacked as chairman and managing director of Air India, his close aides have started exiting the airline.
Two senior executives — V Shri Krishnan and Eshwar Chandran — who were appointed post-retirement at exorbitant salaries by Jadhav have resigned after reportedly being told that the alternative was to be sacked.
Both these officials were appointed without approval from the AI board and despite being under the scanner of the Central Vigilance Commission.
Krishnan was appointed advisor to CMD at a monthly salary in excess of Rs1.5 lakh. Chandran, officer-on-special-duty to CMD, drew Rs1.3 lakh.
Kamaljeet Rattan, hired as the corporate communications chief last year, has also resigned. “The airline was being run by a coterie and if these people don’t quit they would be sacked,” a ministry official said.