Former chairman of Jet Airways Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita were stopped from travelling abroad at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSIA) by Immigration officials on Saturday. Sources said that the couple was heading to Dubai on Emirates flight EK 507, which had taken the taxi way but was called back.
“The immigration department informed the ATC officials, who then asked the pilot to return, following which an inquiry was conducted. Then, Goyal, his wife were offloaded along with their checked in baggage,” said an officer requesting anonymity.
The couple’s suitcases bearing ‘Priority First’ baggage tags too were offloaded. Sources said that Goyal and his wife Anita were restricted from leaving the country. “The aircraft had reached taxiway when it was recalled and they were taken into custody by immigration officers,” sources said.
The flight that was scheduled to take off at 3.35pm but finally departed at 5.15 pm, added an official.
Since the time, Goyal stepped down from his post as chairman and airline operations were discontinued, we were asked to restrict them from flying abroad, said a source.
“Recently, our association president Kiran Pawarkar had met the Mumbai Commissioner of police and asked them to keep a close watch on Goyal’s movement due to which an action was taken,” said a Jet employee.
While a statement from Emirates was awaited, Goyal could not be reached for a comment.