Talwar was Praful Patel’s point man
Controversial lobbyist Deepak Talwar’s unexpected extradition on Thursday early morning has sent shivers down the spines of many corrupt journalists and bureaucrats. Now Talwar is in seven-day custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and is expected to sing like a canary on how he pumped money to many Editors and top Bureaucrats, especially in the Civil Aviation sector. Many journalists and Editors were associated and got largesse from Deepak Talwar’s firms such as DTA, think-tank-kind organisation Advantage India and Public Relations firm Integral PR.
It is a million-dollar question as to why the media never made any hue and cry while Deepak Talwar was parked in Dubai for the past 20 months, evading Indian agencies.
It is known to all that a former Editor who worked with Economic Times, Financial Express and now running a news portal was close with Deepak Talwar’s liaison and lobbying activities and associated with his firms DTA, Advantage India and Integral PR. Deepak Talwar escaped from India in mid-2017, when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Income Tax and Home Ministry started zeroing in his accounts. There was not a peep from MSM over his exit. Why? Because many Editors and journalists working in the aviation sector got huge moola from Talwar.
Deepak Talwar, who is in the league of Delhi’s powerful lobbyists like Niira Radia, Tony Jesudasan, A N Sethuraman, V Balasubramaniam, Dilip Cherian, and Suhel Seth had an army of journalists and bureaucrats on his payroll to give him heads up. It is a known secret that even Cabinet Notes used to reach him before the Cabinet convened.
Talwar started his lobbying career with the Coca Cola brand in the 90s and was very close with Ranjan Bhattacharya, the controversial foster son-in-law of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. His business got a huge boost when Praful Patel became Civil Aviation Minister in 2004. In the Civil Aviation sector Talwar was known as the point man of Patel.
CBI first registered a First Information Report (FIR) on Talwar on Home Ministry’s complaint in November 2017 for siphoning funds through NGOs. Then CBI registered an FIR in the Air Asia case and PGurus have reported that Talwar used to charge Rs.35 lakh per month from Air Asia to handle pliable journalists and bureaucrats.
Deepak Talwar in ED custody
On Thursday, the ED told the Court that Talwar acted as a middleman in negotiations to favour foreign private airlines causing huge losses to the national carrier Air India. The Agency told the court that by interrogating Talwar it has to find out the names of officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, National Aviation Company of India Ltd and Air India, who favoured foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia, by making the national carrier to give up profit-making routes and profit-making timings.
“It has been alleged that officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation, NACIL, Air India, by abusing their official positions as public servants and receiving illegal gratification, in conspiracy with other public servants, private domestic and foreign airlines, made the national carrier gave up profit-making routes and profit-making timings of Air India in favour of national and international domestic and foreign private airlines.
“This resulted in a huge loss of market share to the national carrier and also led to pecuniary benefits to private domestic and foreign airlines,” the ED told Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann.
ED’s Special Public Prosecutors D P Singh and Nitesh Rana told the court that India held bilateral meetings with Dubai, Sharjah, and Qatar after which there has been an increase in the seat entitlements for both the contracting countries and increase in points of call for foreign carriers.
ED also submitted a chart during their arguments to show that total USD 60.54 million received by the firms directly or indirectly owned by Talwar between April 23, 2008, to February 6, 2009. The agency termed him as a habitual offender and accused in various other cases.
As Deepak Talwar is in custody of ED, the media world and bureaucrats are keen to know who he is going to rat on. It is a million-dollar question as to why the media never made any hue and cry while Deepak Talwar was parked in Dubai for the past 20 months, evading Indian agencies. The answer is that many big Editors were in league with Deepak Talwar and enjoyed his munificence till mid-2017.
 Who is Deepak Talwar, the lobbyist caught for siphoning funds through NGOs? Nov 18, 2017, PGurus.com
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