Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Praful Patel comes under EC lens after links with aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar emerge

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has revealed that NCP leader Praful Patel along with another civil aviation minister is under their investigation in connection with the case against aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar.

The revelation comes at a time when general elections are ongoing in India.

India Today TV has learnt that the probe agency is in possession of email communications between Deepak Talwar and Praful Patel which implicate the former aviation minister.

The agency in its chargesheet against Deepak Talwar and his son Aditya Talwar has also named Praful Patel. A non-bailable warrant has been issued against Aditya Talwar who is believed to be in Antigua. The agency also said that Deepak Talwar was a 'dear friend' of Praful Patel

Investigation in Airline Seat Allotment Scam was initiated by ED in August 2017 on the basis of FIR registered by CBI against officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, NACIL, Air India and unknown private persons.

To avoid scrutiny, Deepak Talwar had fled the country. However, he was deported by the immigration authority of Dubai on January 31 this year and was subsequently arrested by ED.

"Investigation revealed that Deepak Talwar has been engaged in liasoning and lobbying with politicians, ministers (Praful Patel and another civil aviation minister, other public servants and officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation for Emirates, Air Arabia and Qatar for securing undue benefits for them. He illegally managed to secure favourable traffic rights for these airlines during 2008-09 at the cost of the national carrier, Air India," said an officer of ED.
01/04/19 Munish Chandra Pandey/India Today

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