The Airports Authority of India suspended 29 officials in 2012 for offences such as misbehaviour with colleagues, theft and misappropriation of cash.

According to an AAI officer, those suspended included six top officers who allegedly favoured a private firm while awarding ground handling service contracts at some airports. “They were suspended by Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh once the irregularities came to light,” said the officer on the condition of anonymity.

Another case is about dowry demands made by an officer, and is pending in court. Another senior employee was caught for illegally taking components and accessories from AAI premises.

A senior official in the AAI’s commercial department was suspended when irregularities were found in the granting of licences for Common Use Terminal Equipment and Common Use Passenger Processing System at the check-in counters of different airports. However, the suspension was revoked by the end of the year.

“A senior AAI employee posted in Bangalore and Tirupathi airports was caught for mismanagement of cash and was arrested by the CBI later in the year,” noted the AAI officer.

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