Mumbai: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal were detained by the immigration authority on Saturday and immigration officials then took both of them into custody, as per some reports. Naresh Goyal and his wife have been barred from leaving the country. A lookout circular has been issued against Naresh Goyal. According to the report, Naresh Goyal and Anita Goyal were going to London on an Emirates flight. When the aircraft was ready for take-off, the flight was stopped and they were taken into custody. In the Jet Airways crisis case, two investigating agencies are investigating the role of Naresh Goyal. These agencies are the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Recently, the salary crisis in Jet Airways has arisen. After this, the company has stopped operations and many top company officials have resigned.
The couple was on board Emirates Airways flight EK 507 to London via Dubai. An airport official said the aircraft was called back to the parking bay at the time of taxiing. “Naresh Goyal and wife Anita Goyal travelling to London on EK 507 were restricted from leaving the country,” the official said. A source at Jet Airways said the couple was travelling with four big-sized suitcases. “The checked-in baggage (suitcases) was in the name of Anita Goyal. The baggage was also offloaded, which delayed the flight by more than an hour,” the source added. The flight was scheduled to depart at 3.35 pm. After deplaning the couple, it took off after 5 pm.
Naresh Goyal could not be reached for comments. Response to a query sent to Emirates was also awaited. The specific reason for stopping the Goyal couple from taking the flight could not be immediately ascertained. According to sources, Naresh Goyal was travelling for a meeting with executives of Gulf carrier Etihad and the Hinduja Group on revival plan for the now defunct Jet Airways. The airline stopped flying from April 17 due to an acute liquidity crisis. Earlier this week, Hinduja group had said it was evaluating the opportunity to invest in Jet Airways. In April, Jet Airways officers and staff association president Kiran Pawaskar had written to the Mumbai police commissioner demanding that passports of Goyal and oth-er directors of the airline be impounded as staff had not been paid salaries for several months. Naresh Goyal and Anita Goyal had resigned from the board of Jet Airways, which he founded 26 years ago, in March following a debt restructuring plan. He had also resigned as the airline’s chairman.