AirAsia, in a statement, said that the claims made against Tony Fernandes and its deputy group CEO, Bo Lingam, would be vigorously challenged.
"The Board of Directors of AirAsia Group Berhad (AAGB) refutes strongly ALL the allegations made in the FIR as baseless, unsupported and unjustified and will vigorously challenge these allegations. We question the motives of the unnamed person, persons or organisation that lodged this FIR but we will co-operate fully with the Indian authorities in accordance with due process provided in law," the statement read.
AirAsia, however, noted that they would co-operate fully with the Indian authorities in accordance with due process provided in law.
The investigative agency alleged that the AirAsia Group CEO lobbied with the government servants for clearances, removal of existing 5/20 aviation rule and change in regulatory policies.
Under the 5/20 rule, a company needs a minimum of five years of flying experience and is also required to have 20 aircraft in their possession in order to become eligible for the license.
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