Former Civil Aviation Minister and NCP leader Praful Patel, the money laundering case related to losses due to Air India due to the alleged aviation scandal of several crores appeared on Tuesday for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. Prafulla appeared at the agency headquarters in Khan Market at 10 a.m. He got out at 7.45 in the evening.
Officials said they stayed with the investigating officer for about nine hours. This includes lunch and other breaks. The agency had also questioned him on Monday. The investigating officer of the case had filed Patel's statement on Monday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on Monday and it is being said that Patel has cooperated with the agency.
Officials had said that Rajya Sabha member Patel was asked to re-present on Tuesday as the recording of the inquiry and their statements is still on. The matter came out of the criminal complaint filed by ED against alleged irregularities in fixing air slots for international airlines. There was a loss to the national aviation company Air India. In the charge sheet filed recently in the court, Patel (62) was nominated as a person who knew Aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar.
The ED had arrested Talwar some time ago. The NCP leader has not been named as an accused in the case. Patel has been in charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation between 2004 and 2011. ED has already interrogated many people in senior management of the government airline and aviation ministry. Talwar has been nominated in ED's charge sheet and it has been claimed that she was in regular contact with Patel. According to the chargesheet, Swarar used his contacts to gain unfair advantage for private airlines. After the extradition of Talwar to Dubai, ED was arrested earlier this year.