Praful Patel deposes before Enforcement Directorate in money laundering probe 

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jun 10, 2019, 11:10 AM(IST)

NCP leader Praful Patel Photograph:( DNA )

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Patel is under question in relation to a money-laundering probe related to the losses suffered by national carrier Air India as part of an alleged multi-crore-rupee aviation scam.

Former civil aviation minister and NCP leader Praful Patel on Monday joined an investigation led by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. 

Patel was reported to have been accompanied by his lawyers. His statement is being recorded, news agency ANI reported. 

Patel is under question in relation to a money-laundering probe related to the losses suffered by national carrier Air India as part of an alleged multi-crore-rupee aviation scam.

Sixty-two-year-old Patel has also been named in a recent charge sheet filed by the federal agency before a court as a person known to alleged aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar.

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The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader was in charge of the civil aviation ministry between 2004 and 2011. He has not been mentioned as an accused in the case, news agency PTI reported. 

 Patel had earlier expressed willingness to cooperate with the ED for their understanding of the complexities of the aviation industry.

(With inputs from agencies) 

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