Enforcement Directorate issues second summons to AirAsia India's ex-CEO Mittu Chandilya in FEMA case

The ED is investigating the allegations made by the former Chairman of Tata Group Cyrus Mistry that fraudulent transactions were carried out by the airline.

The Mumbai Zonal Office of Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued second summons to Mittu Chandilya, former CEO and Managing Director of AirAsia India. The first summons had returned back to ED due to Chandilya's non-availability at the given address.

"This time, the summons has been sent on his personal email id, under FEMA. He is outside India. Till today, there is no response from Chandilya whether he would be coming to India and face the investigation", a source from the agency said.

The ED is investigating the allegations made by the former Chairman of Tata Group Cyrus Mistry that fraudulent transactions of Rs 22 crore were carried out by the airline.

It has also been alleged that out of Rs 22 crore, a transaction of Rs 12 crore were made to a Singapore firm, which needs to be probed.

Beside remaining present before the Mumbai office, the agency has also sought case related documents, bank account details of last five years, details of personal finance and others, from Chandilya.

ETHICAL CONCERNS AGAINST TRANSACTIONS: MISTRY

Last year, when Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry's corporate war broke, Mistry had written an open letter to the board members of the Tata Sons, alleging that, "Board members and trustees were aware that in the case of AirAsia, ethical concerns have been raised with respect to certain transactions as well as the overall prevailing culture within the organisation".

Subsequently, Deloitte had conducted a forensic investigation and found certain irregularities in the transactions, which were handled and lobbied by the airline under the leadership of Chandilya.

"He had directed company payments of Rs 22 crore to a Singapore-based entity and a ghost Indian firm, which did not render any services", the Deloitte report had said.

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