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SBI opposes Paramount’s plan to fly again

State Bank of India  has written to aviation regulator DGCA expressing concern over the grounded Paramount Airways' plans to re-launch the carrier, saying it has been in default for long.

'Yes, we have written to the Director-General of Civil Aviation expressing our concern, as the company has been in default for long. We informed them of the arrears that the airline promoters owe us and other banks,' State Bank Of India chairman Pratip Chaudhuri said.
'They have defaulted on around Rs 100-crore loan we have extended to them (since late 2008). Currently, we are in the recovery process,' he said.
Paramount owes around Rs 450 crore to an SBI-led consortium of banks which includes Bank of India, Central Bank of India, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank and Andhra Bank.

However, when contacted, Thiagarajan said that he had cleared the dues to SBI on 22 May, 2013, except for some penal interest which he is trying to get waived.

He even said he had received a no-dues certificate from the SBI in this regard. But, when contacted, SBI denied any such payment and clarified that the said no-dues certificate was issued by the Sengapadai branch in rural Tamil Nadu against the company's current account, and it has nothing to do with defaulted loan.

'The company owes us Rs 85 crore in principal and there is also unapplied interest, which together come around Rs 100 crore. The purported no-dues certificate was issued by the Sengapadai rural branch against the company's current account,' SBI deputy managing director for stressed assets management Soundara Kumar said.
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