AirAsia ropes in ex-supercop to help probe deals

MUMBAI: AirAsia India has roped in former Mumbai supercop Dhanushyakodi Sivanandhan to help in the ongoing investigations into its alleged irregular transactions, and also to advise in any such cases in future.

“I will be advisor to the AirAsia India chairman (S Ramadorai) as well as the company’s chief vigilance officer. They approached me for this role, and I agreed,” Sivanandhan told The Economic Times.

“Investigation is in my blood,” he said, adding that he’s “just a day” into the job.

Sivanandhan, who was appointed on Sunday, said his purview would be ongoing and future investigations. He, however, clarified that he has not been apprised of any specific case yet.

“AirAsia India has appointed Dhanushyakodi Sivanandan to advise and strengthen the company’s compliance program,” the airline spokesperson said in response to queries.

Salt-to-software conglomerte Tata Sons and Malaysian carrier AirAsia Berhad each own 49 per cent in the airline. The remaining 2 per cent is owned by chairman Ramadorai and Director R Venkataramanan.

AirAsia India had on October 31 said that there was an ongoing investigation against “certain former personnel” of AirAsia India “involving irregular personal expense claims and certain company charges”.

Sivanandhan’s appointment follows recent revelations of a forensic investigation into the Indian low-fare carrier. ET was the first to report on the findings of the investigation on Saturday.


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