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Kingfisher Airlines official arrested

mumbai Updated: Jun 12, 2010 01:22 IST
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested an Assistant Vice President of Kingfisher Airlines for allegedly providing undue benefits to Manoj Malviya, additional commissioner (Security), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

Major Leslie Missal, Assistant Vice-President (Security) posted at the New Delhi office of the airlines was arrested when he flew down to Mumbai for some official work on Friday evening.

The anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the CBI had on May 18 registered a case under Prevention of Corruption Act against Malviya who is also posted in New Delhi for taking undue advantage from the owners of the Mumbai airport and some airlines. Malviya was charged with abuse of his official position and entering into conspiracy with private persons who had official dealings with him.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, ACB CBI, Praveen Salunke said Missal, a retired Army official was arrested, as he was not cooperating in the investigation.

The CBI case against Malviya had said that he had made Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), GVK Industries, Airport Authority of India (AAI) and some airlines company to pay for his 5 star hotel stays during his visits to Mumbai between May 2009 and February 2010.

Salunke said that Missal, on many occasions, had accompanied Malviya during his Mumbai visits. Missal regularly dealt with Malviya for various official interactions including issuance of airport entry passes for airline’s employees and related security clearances.

“He was not providing us the documents which we required for investigation,” Salunke said.

He added that Missal used to clear bills on behalf of the airline for making arrangements for Malviya’s stay in five star hotels.