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CBI books Air India ex-CMD, 4 others for violating norms for promotion

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: January 24, 2019
URL:      https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/cbi-books-air-india-ex-cmd-4-others-for-violating-norms-for-promotion/articleshow/67664444.cms

The CBI has filed a case against former Air India chairman-cum-managing director Arvind Jadhav for allegedly violating procedures while deciding on various promotions and appointments. Along with Jadhav, the CBI has also named then executive director (personnel) L P Nakhwa (now retired) and former additional general managers (operations) A Kathpalia, Amitabh Singh and Rohit Bhasin in its FIR registered under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The agency has alleged that Jadhav had constituted a panel in 2010 to promote officers to the rank of GM (operations) in violation of laid-down procedures. The three-member panel included then chief operating officer Gustav Baldauf, then executive director (operations) A S Soman and former executive director (personnel) L P Nakhwa, it said. Nakhwa, who was general manager (medical services), was given the rank of executive director (medical services) after the post was upgraded as a temporary measure till August 31, 2009.

It is alleged that Nakhwa was to be reverted to the post of GM (medical services) from September 1, 2009, but she continued in her position as executive director in clear violation of the civil aviation ministry’s directive dated March 6, 2009. The CBI inquiry also found that Jadhav regularised Nakhwa in the post of ED (medical services) with effect from April 1, 2010 without following due procedure, the FIR said.

The civil aviation ministry had annulled and reversed the irregular appointment of Nakhwa as ED (medical services), CBI said. A human resource sub-committee of the Air India board, in an order dated September 8, 2010, reverted Nakhwa to the post of GM (medical services) with immediate effect. “Therefore, the promotion panel so constituted by Arvind Jadhav... for selecting suitable candidates for promotions to the post of GM (operations) should have been reconstituted in the wake of the reversion of Nakhwa from executive director (medical services) to the rank of general manager,” it said.

This was necessary as according to the promotion policy of Air India, members of the promotion panel should be preferably two levels above the post for which the selection is to be made, which was not the case with Nakhwa who was of the same level for which selection was to be made. The agency said although Nakhwa was not eligible for being a member of the said promotion panel, Jadhav nominated her against the prevailing rules and procedure.
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