Sterling Biotech-Sandesara scam: ED arrives at Sonia Gandhi’s aide and Congress treasurer’s residence for interrogation

In a latest development, the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday arrived at the residence of Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel to question him on the Sterling Biotech Ltd (SBL)/Sandesara Group money laundering case.

Ahmed Patel is also a close confidante of party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi.

The money laundering case involves graft charges worth around Rs 15,000 crores. Patel had brilliant escaped the investigatio citing his health reasons and risks during coronavirus pandemic.

The ED had last year claimed that the Sandesara scam was much bigger than the PNB scam committed by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

As per sources in the ED, probe into SBL or the Sandesara Group, and its promoters Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara and Deepti Sandesara revealed that they had duped Indian banks of over Rs 14,500 crores, much higher than that compared to what diamantaire Modi did, of around Rs 11,400 crore.