Prime News, National (New Delhi), April 1:- BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has called the proposed disinvestment of Air India a ‘potential scam’ and said he will file a private criminal law complaint if he finds out anyone has stepped out of line.
The maverick MP’s threat comes just days after the Ministry of Civil aviation submitted a memorandum on divesting 76 percent stake in the national carrier. The ministry had said it would transfer full management control of the debt-ridden airline to the private promoters who pick up the stake.
This is not the first time Swamy is questioning the Narendra Modi government’s intention to sell off its stake in Air India. Last year, he had asked of the need to disinvest when the airline’s flights were occupied.
“The proposed sale of Air India is potentially another scam in the making. Selling family silver is not divestment,” said Swamy in a tweet on Saturday.
“I am watching who is doing what and will if I see culpability, file a private criminal law complaint,” he warned.
“The proposed sale of Air India is potentially another scam in the making. Selling family silver is not divestment. I am watching who is doing what and will if I see culpability, file a private criminal law.”
Swamy, no stranger to being at odds with the stand of the party he joined in 2013, soon found a young BJP MP defending his party. Pratap Simha, the Lok Sabha MP for Karnataka’s Mysore Constituency, responded to Swamy’s tweet.
“Dear Sir, I have the highest regard for u n I am also in the parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism n culture under which Air India comes. Der is no meaning in spending public money to retain loss-making AI n govt has better things2 do rather than running airlines,” read Simha’s tweet. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).