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Mayawati's brother owns an aviation company: Kirit Somaiya

February 07, 2012 19:02 IST

Bhartiya Janata Party leader and the party's Scam Expose Committee convener Kirit Somaiya has accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's brother of owning a private airline.

Somaiya furnished documents suggesting that Mayawati's younger brother Anand Kumar was the owner of Indiana Air Pvt Ltd, a private airline registered in New Delhi.

"The aviation firm is a part of Anand Kumar group of companies, which include a consortium of some 300 fake firms," he alleged.

"I have enough documentary evidence to substantiate my charges," Somaiya added.

Strangely, no clarification has come in this regard from the Mayawati camp, which is otherwise extremely prompt in refuting the smallest allegation levelled against the chief minister.

He furnished the memorandum of association and articles of association of the company, which clearly spell out 'air transport services' as the company's business.

Indiana Air Pvt Ltd. is described  as an aviation company with wide scope to carry out business across the world and entitlement to run all kinds of air transport services including chartered services besides, "any other trade  or business to facilitate or is auxiliary to or is associated with that business."

Interestingly, the scope of business also includes, "buying, selling, hiring, repair or manufacturing of aircrafts."

According to Somaiya, "Indiana Air Pvt Ltd. is directly linked to a web of companies owned by Kumar and his wife Vichitra Lata, whose only child is known to be very close to Mayawati."

While the aviation company was registered in 2010, the cluster of other companies were registered in 2011 in Mumbai. Among these were SDS Farmlands Pvt Ltd, SDS Housing Pvt Ltd, DKP Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, Agroba Savings Ltd, Frontage Investments and Ashish Construction Pvt. Ltd.

"The glaring linkage between each of these different companies and Kumar is established by the fact that most of the directors of the companies were common and they included either Kumar or his wife," Somaiya alleged.

Claiming that the companies involved huge funding to the tune of thousands of crores, he has demanded a high level probe into the funding and source of finances of each of the companies.

"Obviously, this was a fit case of money laundering; after all who does all the money belong to? I am sure it is money looted from the state exchequer of Uttar Pradesh," Somaiya alleged.

Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow