Friday, June 07, 2019

ED to question Praful Patel over Deepak Talwar aviation deal case on June 11

Mumbai: Former Civil Aviation Minister and senior leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Praful Patel, who skipped the summons of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday, has been asked to appear before the agency on June 11.

Praful Patel was asked to appear before the ED for questioning on Thursday over the Deepak Talwar aviation deal case. Sources told India Today that Praful Patel had sought for more time to appear before the ED and the agency has asked him to appear before it on June 11.

The ED had earlier alleged that corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar was in regular touch with former aviation minister Praful Patel while acting as a middleman in negotiations to favour foreign private airlines, causing losses to national carrier Air India.

Sources in the ED said Praful Patel needs to be put through revelations made by arrested aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar and evidence unearthed by the agency in pursuit of this case filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

According to sources, the probe agency is in possession of crucial emails implicating Praful Patel.

Meanwhile, on being summoned, Praful Patel had said that he will be happy to cooperate with the ED so that it understands the 'complexities' of the aviation industry.
In May, the ED had revealed that NCP leader Praful Patel was under its investigation in connection with the case against aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar. The agency also said that Deepak Talwar was a 'dear friend' of Praful Patel.
07/06/19 Munish Pandey/India Today

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