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Ayci to be probed as many raised questions about Tatas’ Turkish choice

Tat Group's choice for Air India head, Ilker Ayci was an advisor of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, when the latter was mayor of Istanbul

The Ministry of Home Affairs will “scrupulously” carry out a thorough background check of newly appointed CEO of Air India, Ilker Ayci, news agency quoted official sources on Sunday. Ayci, who is a Turkish national, was recently appointed as the MD and CEO of the airline by the Tata Group.

People familiar with the development told that such background checks are carried out for all foreign nationals when they are appointed in the key positions of any Indian company. It will be the same process for the newly appointed CEO and MD too, they added.

However, the process of security clearance will only begin once the home ministry receives any communication on Ayci from either the Tata group or the Civil Aviation Ministry, the nodal ministry.

For his background check, the is also expected to take help from the external intelligence agency, R&AW, reported PTI.

Ayci was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1971. He was an advisor of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, when the latter was of Istanbul, from 1994 to 1998.

He had served the Turkish Airlines as its chairman from 2015 to 2022 and was credited with turning the airline around.

Ayci has degrees in political science and public administration from Bilkent University. He has also done master’s in international relations from Marmara University in Istanbul.

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