BawliBooch wrote:I have tried to look into the complicated Jet ownership saga at the beginning of my career hoping for a big story. In particular, we were looking at the "Dawood" angle - the allegation that infamous mafia don based in Dubai, Dawood Ibrahim was the actual owner of Jet Airways and mafia money was propping up the airline. In the interest of full disclosure, one Delhi based politician Sahib Singh Verma was actively goading journalists to chase the Jet Airway's-Dawood ownership story. This got particularly aggressive after the murder of Thakiyudeen Wahid, the owner and CEO of jet's main competitor at the time East West Airlines. Wahid was shot dead by the mafia in broad daylight when he was travelling to work. While SSV was wining & dining journalists (including yours truly) to pursue the story, Another politician from the same party, Pramod Mahajan otoh was actively dissuading journalists, and when that didnt work bullying editors into dropping the chase.
dtw2hyd wrote:Good thread BowliBooch. It is getting difficult to have an honest discussion in the upside down world of a.net where fact is a fiction and fiction is a fact. It is funny how civil aviation discussion was centered around die AI die, now realized AI is not going to go away, they are after 9W.
Why can't they find a way to survive and prosper rather than betting on someone going out of business.
BawliBooch wrote:There has been some discussion about a possible stake sale in the troubled Jet Airways.
My gut feeling is that airlines are using slush money from politicians who are funneling money into these tax havens into holding companies who are then routing it back to India. I also believe that both Kingfisher in the past and Indigo now have investments from the same bunch of individuals - one of whom was a former Civil Aviation Minister. So ALL airlines in India are using Taxpayer's directly or indirectly!
Any rookie journalist out there who is interested in pursuing this story further? If we cant get it published by a mainstream newspaper in India, we can try to get it out through a Canadian newspaper. Or at the very least, a wikileaks style blog.
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