ED summons former minister Praful Patel in aviation scam

PTI

Enforcement Directorate Building in New Delhi. (Web Extract).

Enforcement Directorate Building in New Delhi. (Web Extract).

The ED summoned senior NCP leader and former aviation minister Praful Patel next week as part of its money laundering probe related to alleged losses suffered by national carrier Air India in a multi-crore aviation scam during the UPA regime.

They said Patel, a Rajya Sabha member, has been asked to appear before the investigating officer of the case at 11 am on June 6.

Patel, also the All India Football Federation president, has been asked to bring along certain documents related to his personal and official finances on the day of deposition, they said.

Meanwhile, the NCP leader said in Mumbai that he will be happy to cooperate with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) so that the agency understands the “complexities” of the aviation sector.

“I will be happy to cooperate with ED for their understanding of the complexities of the aviation sector,” he told PTI over the phone.

Patel, 62, has represented the Bandra-Gondia seat of Maharashtra in Parliament four times and was Union civil aviation minister in 2004. He was also appointed cabinet minister for heavy industries in 2011.

(PTI)