Aviation scam: for the sake of ED, SC keeps relief from Talwar's son

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court suspended the proceedings on Monday before the Delhi HC after contesting the personal appearance relief accorded to, accused of receiving millions of rupees for bribes to influence decisions favoring UAE airlines and Qatar and cause losses in the air India.

Appearing before the ED, Attorney General Tushar Mehta told a bank of the Presiding Judge and Judges Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose that it had become a trend among the accused of money laundering to flee the country and take citizenship and Barbuda to avoid the legal process of the country.

Aditya's father, Deepak Talwar, who is also charged in the case, was extradited from Dubai in January. The ED said that Aditya took Antigua and Barbuda citizenship after a case of PMLA was filed against her in 2017.

Mehta said that the Delhi HC order of May 31 that allows Aditya to further evade the legal process and not submit to the jurisdiction of India could have a significant impact in other cases involving economic criminals. The HC had been wrong in not taking into account the ED's request not to exercise its discretionary powers to grant relief to a person who has refused to join the investigations and the legal process in India, Mehta said.

The bank led by the CJI issued a notification to Aditya, ordered that the case be listed on July 23 for final disposition and suspended the proceedings before the HC.