Praful Patel deposes before ED office in money laundering probe

NCP leader Praful Patel today
deposed before the
Enforcement Directorate (ED)
in Mumbai after being
summoned by the agency in
connection with money
laundering probe linked to the
alleged illegal assets of late
iqbal Mirchi, an aide of
underworld gangster Dawood
Ibrahim. Patel, a former Union
minister in the UPA regime,
reached the Enforcement
Directorate office in south
Mumbai in the morning today.

According to ED officials,
Patel’s Millennium
Developers Private Limited
constructed a building called
Ceejay House in 2006-07 and
its third and fourth floors
were transferred to Mirchi’s
wife Hajra Iqbal. The land on
which the building was made
is said to be owned by Mirchi.
Investigators claim the land
was purchased from the
proceeds of crime of money
laundering, drugs trafficking
and alleged extortion crimes.

Praful Patel and his party
have denied any wrongdoing
in the deal and said that the
property papers explain that
the transaction is clean and
transparent. At a recent press
conference, Praful Patel
rubbished reports about his
alleged deal as mere
speculation.