ED summons NCP leader Praful Patel in connection with money-laundering probe

The Enforcement Directorate, ED has summoned senior NCP leader Praful Patel in connection with its money laundering probe on alleged illegal assets of late Iqbal Mirchi, an aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Mr Patel, a former Union minister in the UPA regime, has been asked to depose in Mumbai on October 18th.

Reports indicate that ED is expected to record Mr Patel’s statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with a deal between a real estate company promoted by Patel, his wife and Mirchi’s wife.

ED officials said Mr Patel’s Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd constructed a building called Ceejay House in 2007 and its third and fourth floors were transferred to Mirchi’s wife Hajra Iqbal.

Praful Patel has refuted the charges of an alleged land deal with Iqbal Mirchi. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai this afternoon, Patel said he is not aware of documents that media houses are talking about. Stating that all media reports are being speculative, he said neither he nor his family is involved in any property transaction with Hajra Iqbal.

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