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CBI Clears Air India-Indian Airlines Merger: Shiv Sena’s Raut Demands BJP Apology to Ex-PM Singh

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has concluded its investigation into alleged irregularities surrounding the Air India-Indian Airlines merger, filing a closure report due to lack of evidence of any wrongdoing. In response, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut has called on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to apologize to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for previous accusations.

During the UPA era, the formation of the National Aviation Corporation of India Limited (NACIL) through the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines drew scrutiny. However, the CBI’s closure report suggests that no evidence of dishonest decisions or conspiracy has been found.

Raut highlighted the BJP’s previous criticism of alleged corruption during Manmohan Singh’s tenure and insisted on an apology from the party in light of the CBI’s findings.

The leasing of aircraft under NACIL, overseen by then-Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, has been a subject of investigation. However, the CBI found no evidence to support allegations of wrongdoing.

Addressing reported disagreements among partners of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Raut emphasized unity among allies. He announced an upcoming press conference featuring leaders from the MVA, including Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, and Congress representatives, to address any concerns.

Additionally, Raut revealed Thackeray’s participation in the Opposition INDIA bloc rally in New Delhi on March 31, aimed at safeguarding the country’s interests and democracy. This rally was organized following the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate.

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