Ex-Jet boss Naresh Goyal, wife stopped from travelling abroad at Mumbai airport

Ex-Jet boss Naresh Goyal, wife stopped from travelling abroad at Mumbai airport
Naresh Goyal

Mumbai: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal were denied permission to travel abroad Saturday by the immigration authority at Mumbai airport, an official said.

The couple was on board Emirates Airways flight EK 507 to London via Dubai.

An airport official said the aircraft was called back to the parking bay at the time of taxiing.

"Naresh Goyal and wife Anita Goyal travelling to London on EK 507 were restricted from leaving the country," the official said.

A source at Jet Airways said the couple was travelling with four big-sized suitcases.

"The checked-in baggage (suitcases) was in the name of Anita Goyal. The baggage was also offloaded, which delayed the flight by more than an hour," the source added.

The flight was scheduled to depart at 3:35 pm. After de-planing the couple, it took off after 5pm.

Naresh Goyal could not be reached for comments. Response to a query sent to Emirates was also awaited.

The specific reason for stopping the Goyal couple from taking the flight could not be immediately ascertained.

According to sources, Naresh Goyal was travelling for a meeting with executives of Gulf carrier Etihad and the Hinduja Group on revival plan for the now defunct Jet Airways.

The airline stopped flying from April 17 due to an acute liquidity crisis.

Earlier this week, Hinduja group had said it was evaluating the opportunity to invest in Jet Airways.

In April, Jet Airways officers and staff association president Kiran Pawaskar had written to the Mumbai police commissioner demanding that passports of Goyal and other directors of the airline be impounded as staff had not been paid salaries for several months.

Naresh Goyal and Anita Goyal had resigned from the board of Jet Airways, which he founded 26 years ago, in March following a debt restructuring plan. He had also resigned as the airline's chairman.

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