NEW DELHI – Among the host of names from a sample of categories whose phone numbers have appeared on Project Pegasus’ list, there are also a few businessmen and bureaucrats who have made their way into the watchlist. presumed.
This includes industry captains like Naresh Goyal, formerly of Jet Airways, to former senior PSU officials such as BC Tripathi, ex-chief of GAIL India, The Wire reported.
Besides Goyal, the most prominent names on the list are the numbers used by SpiceJet chairman and chief executive Ajay Singh and Prashant Ruia of the Essar group, according to the report.
The list also contains several businessmen or company officials who have come into conflict with the law in recent years, mainly due to loan fraud investigations. This includes Vikram Kothari of Rotomac Pens (and his son Rahul) and C. Sivasankaran, former Aircel promoter and maverick entrepreneur.
Over the past year, the founder of Jet Airways has also been under the scrutiny of the executive branch.
The entries for Kotharis and Sivasankaran also appear to correspond to key points in the investigation by law enforcement authorities.
Also, a mid-level official from the Adani group, a person who worked with the Essar group and another formerly with SpiceJet.
The leaked list also contains at least five business executives associated with the Indian mutual fund industry. These include professionals from companies such as Franklin Templeton, DSP BlackRock and Motilal Oswal.
Finally, key individuals in the Indian public sector also appear to have been selected as potential candidates for surveillance.
The Wire reported that a phone number used by BC Tripathi – the former head of state-run GAIL India, who joined Essar in January 2020 as a non-executive chairman – is on the list. Tripathi’s selection as a possible candidate for oversight comes a month after he took the top job at the natural gas company and his number appears in leaked records from time to time for nearly a year. after.
Two numbers, one for a former boss of Life Insurance Corporation of India and one for a former executive director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizer Corporation, are also on the list.