India to quiz Fernandes

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AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes speaks during a news conference at the AirAsia headquarters in Sepang, Malaysia December 13, 2017. Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s federal investigators have summoned AirAsia Group chief Tony Fernandes to question him over allegations his airline broke rules while obtaining a flying licence in the country, a police source told Reuters. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) earlier this week named Fernandes, the airline and others in a complaint, alleging they lobbied government officials “to secure mandatory approvals, some of them through non-transparent means”. AirAsia India, earlier this week, rejected allegations of wrongdoing and said it was co-operating with all regulators and agencies “to present the correct facts”. Fernandes has not directly commented on the allegations, but a day after the complaint was made he criticized the media on Twitter for reporting without fact-checking. Fernandes has been under fire for supporting Malaysia’s former prime minister in last month’s general election.

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