Fresh cheating charge against Air Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Barely five days after the Khandagiri police here registered a fraud case against home grown intra-state flight operator Air Odisha for cheating a shareholder of Rs 1.5 crore, a similar charge has been leveled against it by a service provider on Thursday.

The matter came to fore after ITCL Ireland Limited alleged that the flight operator owed it Rs 2.5 crore.

The company, which brought the matter before the General Administration department, said the company had breached the contract over payment.

“It is regrettable that Capt. Pani (Air Odisha) has not honoured his words. We have therefore requested Deccan to hold the Aircraft until Air Odisha complies with its obligation,” the company said in an e-mail.

“Details of the breach of contract should be obvious to all the parties (considering we just had a face to face meeting on March 25th, 2016)…,” it further read.

Though no company official was available for comment on the matter, it is learnt that it has requested the GA department for further action. It is not known whether the company is mulling to register a case against the flight operator.

On Saturday, the SDJM court here directed the Commissionerate police to register a case against the aviation company and its directors under Sections 406, 417, 420, 506 and 120 (B) of IPC and investigate the matter. A cheating case was filed against Air Odisha Aviation private limited (AOAPL) and its board of directors before the SDJM court here April 28 for duping a city-based jeweler of Rs 1.5 crore.