Government Spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza has stressed that the government was not trying to seek any money from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) operator GMR India.
In response to the claims made by Kulhudhuhfushi-north constituency MP Abdul Ghafoor Moosa during the Parliament session today that the government was attempting to obtain USD40 million from GMR, Abbas stressed that it was a “blatant lie.”
“Even if it’s GMR or any other institution, the government would not act outside the Financial Act. The government is not trying to do anything outside the contours of the laws,” he added.
Speaking during the debate on the proposed amendments to the Financial Act, Ghafoor claimed although the government had received MVR18 million in revenue from operating the airport earlier, last year GMR had paid the government MVR36 million.
“Hence the government should be ashamed to talk of GMR especially when the government is bowing to GMR to seek USD40 million,” Ghafoor said.
“Members of the traitor government convening in Hilton and other resorts and when it blows up in their faces, they now talk of GMR. Such actions would be met by ridicule.”
While Ghafoor has alleged that the government was meeting prominent officials of GMR in resorts, reports of former President Mohamed Nasheed meeting top GMR officials had surfaced recently.