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ED summons Praful Patel

NEW DELHI, OCT 15 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 10/15/2019 11:31:43 AM IST

After former union finance minister P.C.Chidambaram has been placed under arrest, the Enforcement Directorate has zeroed in on former civil aviation minister and NCP leader Praful Patel on October 18 in a money-laundering case linked to Dawood-aide late Iqbal Mirchi, officials said on Tuesday. NCP leader was a member of the Union Cabinet and served as civil aviation minister from 2004 to 2009 in the first term of the UPA government. 

Citing reports alleging that Praful Patel was involved in a property deal with 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts accused Iqbal Mirchi, the BJP had on Monday questioned his induction in the UPA government and asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to clarify if there was any “quid pro quo”.

The NCP had rejected the allegation against Patel, while the Congress said there is a BJP government at the Centre which can get the matter investigated.

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra asked the Congress to come clean on the allegation of land deal between Patel and Mirchi, a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who was declared a global terrorist.

“There are documents available showing Patel and Hazara, the wife of Iqbal Mirchi, having signatures on the same papers, indicating they had an agreement over a property deal. What was the quid pro quo with Sonia Gandhi for inducting Patel in the Union Cabinet?” “There is a standard procedure of carrying out a thorough background check before inducting anyone into the Cabinet. We want to know whether it was duly followed or not,” Patra asked.

Earlier in August  the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)   questioned Patel, who was former civil aviation minister   in connection with an aviation scandal dating back to 2008-09. 

 The ED has also been probing the Air India-Indian Airlines merger, purchase of 111 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus at Rs 70,000 crore, ceding of profitable routes and schedules to private airlines, and opening of training institutes with foreign investment.

It may also be recalled that Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering case against NCP chief  Sharad Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar - a former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra and others in connection with the Maharashtra State Cooperative(MSC) Bank scam. Allegations against Ajit Pawar pertain to loans sanctioned by MSC Bank, which advanced large sums without securing any charge against the advances, and often at interest rates that were highly subsidised. 

 

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