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Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and wife stopped leaving India – official airport

(Reuters) – India's operator Jet Airways (India) Ltd. founder Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal were stopped from leaving India on Saturday at Mumbai Airport, according to an airport manager who asked not to be named.

Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways speaks during a press conference in Mumbai on November 29, 2017. REUTERS / Danish Siddiqui / File Photo

The couple were taken into custody by immigration officer, reported Indian Express, referring to sources.

The airport official did not confirm that the couple had been detained.

It was not immediately clear why the couple had been prevented from traveling, or whether it was related to reported regulatory probes in the airline.

It was not immediately possible to reach either Goyals or Jet for comment late Saturday.

Local media said Goyals had traveled to Dubai for a connecting flight to London.

Local media, referring to sources, reported earlier this month that the Ministry of Business Affairs had looked at Jets books and had requested a fight against the airline, suspected of its initiator seeping away money.

Jet said at the time that it had met all the regulations. The Goyals did not comment on the reports then.

Once one of India's largest carriers, Jet was forced to fly all flights last month after being out of money and failing to secure funds, associated with increasing losses when it tried to compete with low-cost rivals.

The carrier is being wound up with about $ 1.2 billion in bank debt, and Goyal and his wife went down from the airline's board in March in the midst of the crisis.

Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath, Rajendra Jadhav and Seba Siddiqui; Editing Frances Kerry

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