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Jet Airways feigns ignorance about HC directives

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, June 21: Private carrier Jet Airways today feigned ignorance about the Bombay High Court's directives to the Mumbai Police Coimmisoner to investigate into the airline's alleged connection with the underworld.

''We have so far not received any intimation from any quarter of any proceeding or order that may have been passed,'' an official communique released here today said.

Earlier in the day, a Division Bench of the Bombay High Court, comprising Chief Justice Swatantra Kumar and Justice S C Dharamadhikari, while acting on a public interest litigation filed by one Mohd Furqan, had passed the directives to the Mumbai Police to investigate into the charges and file the report within four weeks.

Mr Furqan in his petition, through Advocate K T Thomas, had alleged that the Chairman of the private airline, Mr Naresh Goyal, was in cahoot with the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his trusted lieutenant Chhota Shakeel.

The petitioner also cited the reference of a letter written by the Intelligence Bureau to the Union Home Ministry on December 12, 2001, in which the agency had stated, ''Our enquiries have established that Naresh Goyal and his Jet Airways have been steady recepients of large dubious investments originating from one Gulf Sheikh.'' ''Naresh Goyal's bomhomie and close business links with Sheikhs have been known for over two decades. These connections are believed to have been used repeatedly, not only to get direct investment but also to get of lot of tainted Indian money laundered and recycled into business in India. Much of this kind of money is generated through smuggling, extortion and similar illegal practices,'' the letter said.

The confidential communique also went on to say, ''We have confirmed information of intermittent connection between Naresh Goyal and underworld dons Chhota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim to settle financial issues. There is strong suspicion that parts of Goyal's investment may have accrued through the assistance of underworld groups, prominently headed by Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.''


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