The Supreme Court has directed the CBI to look into some decisions taken by the then Aviation Minister Praful Patel of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The petition was filed by the NGO – Centre for Public Interest Interest Litigation.
The decisions that were asked to be probed were the purchase and leasing of 111 Air India aircrafts, alloting bilateral routes to private carriers and the disastorous aborting of orders for porches of biometric passenger identification system. All the purcahses and acquisitions were said to be done at inflated prices.
The Chief Justice of India, Justice J S Khehar noted that most of the decisions taken were given adverse comments by the CAG and the PAC, the bench of the CJI, Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice N V Ramana directed the CBI to conduct investigations into the allegations levelled by the NGO.
As the CBI was already investigating the allegations in a separate case, the PIL was dismissed. The CBI is to share some findings with respect to the allegations by June 2017.
The Attorney General of India had represented the CBI in this case and had asked the case to be dismissed. He said that the Aviation Ministry had submitted detailed responses to the questions raised on the 19th of January, 2015 and the 3rd of May, 2016.