Aviation scam: CBI arrests Deepak Talwar's close associate in FCRA violation case

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Aviation scam: CBI arrests Deepak Talwar's close associate in FCRA violation case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday said that the agency has arrested Yasmeen Kapoor, a close associate of aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar, in connection with an alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) case.

A senior CBI official close to the development told IANS, "We have arrested Yasmeen Kapoor today."

Yasmeen has been arrested in connection with the probe agency's investigation into a 2017 case of Foreign Contribution (regulation) Act, 2010, the official said.

The CBI had registered a case on November 16, 2017 on a complaint from Ministry of Home Affairs against New Delhi-based private firms Advantage lndia, Accordis Health Care Private Limited, and Deepak Talwar of Advantage lndia, Sunil Khandelwal and Raman Kapoor of Accordis Health Care Private Limited and other unknown people.

The CBI is probing alleged violations of the FCRA 2010, criminal conspiracy, forgery, making false statement before authority, use of forged documents, and attempt to cheat by the accused.

Earlier in July, Deepak Talwar was arrested by the CBI in connection with the aviation scam. According to the probe agency, Deepak Talwar, who was recently deported from Dubai, illegally engaged in liasoning/lobbying with politicians, ministers, other public servants and officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation for airlines such as Emirates, Air Arabia and Qatar Airways for securing undue benefits for them.

Sources say, Deepak Talwar illegally managed to secure favourable traffic rights for these airlines during 2008-09 at the cost of National carrier, Air India.

Yasmin Kapoor had sought relief from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate this year in connection to the aviation scam.

The ED had alleged that Yasmeen Kapoor assisted Deepak Talwar in laundering the money received by him from foreign airlines and projected it as untainted.

According to the FIR, it has been alleged that the accused were involved mis-utilisation of foreign contribution which were received under the Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme for the purpose of carrying out educational and social activities in India.

The funds were allegedly received mainly from a foreign-based company to the tune of around Rs 90.72 crore in the bank accounts of a New Delhi-based private firm Advantage India registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 for carrying out social welfare activities in the field of education.

The CBI had conducted searches at 11 places related to the accused.

Deepak Talwar is currently in judicial custody in Tihar jail. He was deported from Dubai on January 30 this year and was arrested by the ED in a money laundering case.