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Air Odisha in soup as court bars it from operating flights

 A local court here today barred budget carrier Air Odisha Aviation Private Limited (AOAPL) from operating flights.

The carrier had recently won bids to provide service to unserved routes across the country under UDAN scheme. Bhubaneswar Civil Judge Court barred Air Odisha from operating flight services besides transacting bank account and sell-off of shares of the company. This comes after Mitesh Khimji moved the court, sources said.

Mitesh – a renowned city-based jeweller – had last year filed a complaint with Khandagiri police in May last year alleging the carrier of defrauding him. As per Mitesh, the aviation company had promised to give 40 per cent of its shares in return of his investment of Rs 1.5 crore. Further, the company had even promised to open joint account where none of the promises were fulfilled. Prior to this, Sandeep Ray – son of BJP MLA Dilip Ray – had also filed complaint against the carrier of cheating Rs 40 lakh.

Following this, the chairman-cum-managing director of AOAPL Santosh Pani was arrested in June last year on the charge of cheating. Notably, the controversial airline AOAPL won 50 of the 128 routes under UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme during the first phase bidding in March this year.


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