NEW DELHI—The Enforcement Directorate (ED) earlier today summoned Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel for questioning on June 6 about alleged irregularities in the purchase of 111 aircraft worth Rs 70, 000 crore, leasing aircraft and surrendering profit-making routes and flight schedules by the Air India during his term as India’s Civil Aviation minister, The Hindureported.
The ED probe is based on a First Information Report registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation on the Supreme Court’s directive in 2017, the newspaper reported added.
Reacting to the ED summons, NCP leader and former Union minister Praful Patel said Saturday he will be happy to cooperate with the Enforcement Directorate so that it understands the “complexities” of the aviation industry.
The ED earlier in the day summoned Patel, who was the civil aviation minister in the UPA government, over an alleged aviation scam.
“I will be happy to cooperate with ED for their understanding of the complexities of the aviation industry,” Patel told PTI over phone.