Mumbai, Jan 25
Based on the directions of the Mumbai Metropolitan magistrate, the city police have registered a complaint against Naresh Goyal, Ex-Jet Airways director and his wife Anita on charges of allegedly cheating a Mumbai based travel company.
An offence has been registered with MRA Marg Police, in response to a complaint made by Rajendran Neruparambil, chief finance officer of the Akbar Travels of India Private Limited, who has stated that despite Jet Airways was in a bad shape, Goyal made the travel company to invest Rs. 46 crore, 5 lakh 68,036 in the company in 2018-2019, giving false promise of heavy return on investment. Subsequently the Jet Airways defaulted payment due to which the travel company suffered heavy losses.
The travel company’s office is located near Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal in Crawford area of South Mumbai. The travel company specifically obtained the order of the Metropolitan Magistrate to ensure that the police register the complaint and do not delay the matter.
The complainant alleged that the accused continued to assure them about their financial health and the travel company incurred losses because of the assurances.
As per the complaint, the travel company had been doing business with Jet Airways since 1994. The complainant has said that the accused hid the financial crisis in their company and assured the travel agency that they would not suffer any loss. The travel agency sold Manchester-Mumbai flight tickets on cheaper rates, on the assurances of the accused. However, in January 2019, some Jet flights got cancelled, forcing the complainant to approach the accused.
The travel company had been doing business with Jet Airways since 1994. The complainant has said that the accused hid the financial crisis in their company and assured the travel company that they would not suffer any loss. Based on the assurances of the accused, the travel agency sold Manchester-Mumbai flight tickets on cheaper rates, However, in January 2019, some Jet flights got cancelled, forcing the complainant to approach the accused.
Jet Airways shut down its operations temporarily on 17 April of 2019, which affected its 20,000 employees and over 60,000 people indirectly. The company is reportedly in a debt of default of Rs 8,000 crore
In September 2019, Goyal was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), for alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act ( FEMA). Besides the ED has also been probing the possibility of an offence under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) over alleged suspicious transactions found on the books of the airline. ED has also been studying a tax evasion case of more than Rs 650 crore by Jet Airways.
Raju Vernekar is a Media Professional based in Mumbai and is a regular contributor of Imphal Times. He had served as Chief Reporter at Free Press Journal (1996 – 2015 ). His Activities includes writing for different news papers, script writing/production for TV channels, Films Division. Writing poems in Marathi, Hindi, English, Guiding mass media students and helping people to solve their problems. Raju may be contacted at [email protected]
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