Ruckus at dinner table for Sanjay Gandhi, when Bansilal came down on abusive language in front of officials

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Kuldip Nayyar, senior journalist Sanjay’s hand was also seen in the case of Air Marshal PC Lal, the former Chief of the Indian Air Force, who was made the chairman of Indian Airlines. Lal was to retire on July 31, 1976. He was interested in pursuing his successor. He was followed by Deputy Managing Director Satyamurthy. Lal spoke to his ministerial minister Raj Bahadur and the prime minister in September 1975 and suggested that Satyamurthy be made managing director after his retirement. Also, he can continue as part-time chairman if he so desires. Mrs Gandhi and Raj Bahadur agreed that Satyamurti should take her place. Rajiv was reportedly against her. In October, Raj Bahadur told Lal that the prime minister wanted to promote three pilots. To this they replied that they do not fulfill the criteria for pilot promotion. Lal’s refusal upset the prime minister. Meanwhile, Raj Bahadur changed his mind about Satyamurthy and told Lal that he would not be made the managing director. Lal called on the prime minister, which was his last meeting with him, and said Satyamurthy would make a good managing director. She said that Satyamurti is not honest. In December, Lal made several transfers. But Raj Bahadur said that no transfer or appointment should be made without his permission. In February, the board was reconstituted and Satyamurthy was dropped. Not only this, a junior officer was put in his place.

[Attribution to NBT]

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