Mumbai: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal has decided not to bid for acquiring stake in the cash-strapped airline, sources said Tuesday.
The full service carrier, which is currently operating less than 10 aircraft, is awaiting fresh fund infusion under a debt resolution plan.
With Goyal opting out, the airliner is likely to shut down operations temporarily. A meeting of the Jet Airways board is underway to take a final call on shutting down operations. Sources have informed the board that operations will be unsustainable.
Airline sources said Goyal, who had stepped down as chairman of the carrier last month, has withdrawn the bid for the airline.
On April 12, sources said that Goyal had also put in bid for the carrier.
SBI Capital Markets has the mandate for Jet Airways' sale on behalf of the SBI-led consortium of the domestic lenders to the debt-ridden private carrier.
Last month, Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal stepped down from the board of the airline, which has more than Rs 8,000 crore debt.
(With inputs from PTI)