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CBI books ex-Air India chief Arvind Jadhav for out-of-turn promotions

FIR alleged Jadhav had constituted a panel in 2010 to promote officers to the rank of GM (ops) in violation of procedures

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CBI books ex-Air India chief Arvind Jadhav for out-of-turn promotions
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against former Air India chairman-cum-managing director Arvind Jadhav for allegedly misusing his official position to make appointment of senior officers. The FIR alleged that Jadhav had constituted a panel in 2010 to promote officers to the rank of general manager (operations) in violation of procedures.

Besides Jadhav, the CBI has also named then executive director (personnel) LP Nakhwa (now retired) and former additional general managers (operations) A Kathpalia, Amitabh Singh and Rohit Bhasin and unknown others in its FIR under IPC section related to criminal conspiracy and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act pertaining to abuse of official position.

The allegedly illegal three-member panel included then COO Gustav Baldauf, then executive director (operations) AS Soman and former executive director (personnel) LP Nakhwa, the FIR said.

Nakhwa, who was GM (medical service) was given the rank of executive director (medical services) after the post was upgraded as a temporary measure till August 31, 2009. It is alleged that Nakhwa was to be reverted to the her previous post of GM, but she continued in her position as executive director, in clear violation of the Civil Aviation Ministry's directive.

The CBI inquiry found that Jadhav regularised Nakhwa with effect from April 1, 2010 without following the due procedure, the FIR said.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had annulled and reversed the irregular appointment of Nakhwa.

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  • FIR alleged Jadhav had constituted a panel in 2010 to promote officers to the rank of GM (ops) in violation of procedures 
     
  • The CBI also alleged that Nakhwa was not eligible for being a member of the promotion panel 
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