New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Monday ordered suspension of six senior Airport Authority of India officers for irregularities in awarding airports ground handling contracts.
Sources said that major penalty proceedings have been also initiated against the officials.
A CBI inquiry has found these officers involved in committing irregularities and favouring a particular company namely M/s Bhadra International India Ltd in award of contracts for ground handling services at certain airports.
The officers are LL Krishnan, Executive Director (Commercial), RL Saran, DGM (Finance), S Basu, Additional GM (Commercial), Arun Mehan, DGM (Operations), PK Chadha, DGM (Operations) and Shri Ravi Verma, GM.
The enquiry into award of contract for ground handling services at Chennai and Kolkata Airports found that the officers of the AAI made certain deviations from the Commercial Manual in the Notice Inviting Tender (NIT).
The deviation in particular included deliberate incorporation of the term “tie-up” arrangement in the eligibility criteria as stipulated in the NIT to make M/s Bhadra International India Ltd eligible in joint venture technical agreement with M/s Novia International Consulting APS for participating in the bid process.