In 2009, the ministerial committee headed by Chidambaram decided to buy the aircraft.
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday in connection with the disturbances in the purchase of more than 110 aircraft for Air India for Rs 70,000 crore. The ED is investigating the case. Along with this, irregularities in granting air slots to international airlines are also being investigated. Because of this, Air India lost a loss of Rs.
Sources said the questioning lasted for about six hours and recorded his statements. A month after his release from Tihar, Chidambaram has been questioned for the first time in a case. According to officials, Air India had planned to purchase 111 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing in 2009 during the then UPA government. The decision to purchase 43 aircraft from Airbus was taken by a committee of ministers headed by Chidambaram.
When the proposal to buy 43 aircraft from Airbus was sent to the Cabinet Committee on Safety, there was a condition that the airline company would have to build training centers and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) centers at a cost of Rs 70,000 crore. But when the purchase order was placed, that condition was removed. Another UPA minister Praful Patel’s name was also mentioned in the case.