Naresh Goyal, promoter and former Chairman of Jet Airways, and his wife Anita Goyal were on Saturday prevented from travelling abroad. The couple was deplaned on instructions from the Immigration Department at the Mumbai airport.
The Serious Fraud Investigation office and the Enforcement Directorate have reportedly started inquiring into the Jet Airways crisis. Recently, top executives of the airline resigned. The airline is struggling with a debt of more than $1.2 billion, and owes money to lessors, suppliers, pilots and oil companies. Lenders of the now-grounded Jet Airways have taken a controlling stake in the airline, and are currently in the process of selling a stake to recover their dues. “Mr. Naresh Goyal and Anita Goyal travelling on EK 507 were restricted from leaving the country. The aircraft had reached taxi way when it was recalled,” an airport official said. Multiple airport and government officials confirmed the incident. Authorities are looking into whether the Goyal couple was trying to flee the country. Calls made to Jet Airways executives for confirmation yielded no response as most of them have quit or are not in the loop.They were on an Emirates flight.
“Only two agencies have the power to recall an aircraft. One is customs and the other is immigration. In this case the immigration had called the aircraft back,” said an airport official. The Immigration Department is believed to have responded to a look out circular issued at the instructions of the lenders of Jet Airways. “These days lenders are not taking chances and do not want a Vijay Mallya-like situation,” a source said. Several large suitcases booked in the name of the couple were also depland, officials said.