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Jet feud: Mudslinging continues

PTI | ByLalit K Jha (HindustanTimes.com), Minneapolis
Jun 17, 2005 06:20 PM IST

Jet Airways has now urged DOT to erase from record charges made by Jet Airways Inc, reports Lalit K Jha.

The controversy surrounding the Jet Airways (India) efforts to start its regular Indo-US flights service, which is eagerly awaited by the non-resident Indians in the United States, now appears to be unending.

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The Jet Airways (India) has now urged the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to remove from record and reject the "unauthorised and inflammatory" allegations of the US-based Jet Airways Inc that has not only objected to its May 2 application of a foreign air carrier permit, but also levied serious allegations of it having links with the terrorist networks.

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Not to be left behind, the Jet Airways Inc in a fresh letter to the Transportation Secretary, Norman Y Mineta, has urged that a special officer from Department of Transportation be assigned to look into the charges made by it against the Jet Airways (India), otherwise it would be passing on the information it had to other investigating agencies.

Written on June 9, the letter by the Jet Airways Inc president and chief executive officer, Nancy M Heckerman, was submitted and made public by Department of Transportation through its Docket Management System on June 16.

This is two days after the Jet Airways (India) filed a fresh affidavit before the Department of Transportation.

JET INDIA'S CONTENTION

Submitted by its Counsel George U Carneal on June 14, the Jet Airways (India) "urged" the Department of Transportation to approve its permit application without further delay. This was because; the affidavit argued that under Article 3 of the US-India Open Skies Agreement signed in April; the US is obligated to "grant appropriate authorisation and permission with minimum procedural delay to duly designated, qualified applicants such as Jet Airways that are substantially owned and effectively controlled by Indian citizens."

The third affidavit by the Jet Airways (India) in relation to its application for the foreign air carrier permit contended that such a delay would send the wrong signal to India (and other aviation trading partners) if the United States Government were to "allow hearsay and innuendo-filed pleadings by an unknown, non-operating company" to delay prompt grants of rights available under the Open Skies Agreement.

Contending that it has "flatly denied" all unfounded allegations of the Jet Airways Inc in its earlier reply of May 27, Carneal urged the DOT to take "prompt and definitive" action to "prohibit" the latter from filing similarly "inappropriate and disruptive pleadings that " clearly designed to delay its application.

It claimed that the Jet Airways Inc. has "violated" various rules of conduct and practice including disrupting or interfering with fair and orderly disposition of DOT proceeding; making statements or taking actions designed to mislead DOT or to cause unwarranted delay and engaging in offensive or intemperate behaviour.

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