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The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Union of India other respondents on a petition seeking probe into the “unnecessary” purchase of 111 aircraft for the national carrier costing Rs 67,000 crore to the exchequer.

The Apex Court bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice CK Prasad issued notice on a petition by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) seeking Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)/special investigation team (SIT) probe into the purchase of aircraft and other decisions causing loss to the exchequer.

The SC also issued notices to CBI, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and Air India in this case.

The CPIL has also sought probe into taking on lease aircraft that again dented the exchequer by “thousands of crores of rupees”.

Besides this, the CPIL has also prayed for probe into the national carrier leaving profitable routes and timings “for the benefit of private airlines”.

A probe has also been sought into Air India giving away its bilateral rights to foreign carriers. The notice is returnable in four weeks.

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