The leader of NCP, Praful Patel, appears before the DE in the case of the aviation probe PMLA

NEW DELHI: former minister of civil aviation and leader of PNC Prael Patel On Monday he appeared before the ED in relation to a money laundering Investigation related to the losses suffered by Air India as part of a purported multi-child aviation scam, officials said.

Patel appeared before the agency around 10:30 am here, they said.

Your statement will be recorded under the Money Laundering Prevention Act (PMLA) and you are expected to face a series of questions.

The case arises from a criminal complaint filed by (ED) for alleged irregularities in the fixing of airspaces for international airlines that supposedly caused losses for Air India, the national aviation airline.

Patel, 62, has also been named in a recent charge sheet filed by the federal agency in court as a person known to the alleged aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar, arrested by the DE some time ago.

The leader (NCP), who was in charge of the civil aviation ministry between 2004 and 2011, has not been mentioned as a defendant in the case.

The sources told PTI that the ED had already interrogated several senior management of the state airline and the aviation ministry.

It was expected that Patel, a deputy from Rajya Sabha, would be questioned about the statements and revelations made by Talwar, the officials said.

The ED charge sheet in the case called Talwar and stated that he was in regular contact with Patel.

He alleged that Talwar finalized several communications addressed to Patel on behalf of Emirates and.

Talwar obtained undue favors for private airlines using his contacts, according to the charge sheet.

The agency has also alleged that Talwar participated in lobbying activities with politicians, ministers, public officials and officials of the Emirates Ministry of Civil Aviation, Air Arabia and Qatar airlines in order to ensure undue benefits to these airlines.

He (Talwar) illegally obtained favorable traffic rights for these airlines during the 2008-2009 period at the expense of the national airline Air India, the ED said.

It has also been alleged that, instead of obtaining favorable traffic rights, these airlines made payments of the sum of Rs 272 crore to Talwar during 2008-09.

He created a network of his own entities and used the companies of his son, Aditya Talwar, in India and in international paradises to launder Rs 272 million rupees received from foreign airlines.

Part of these payments were made in a bank account at the Bank of Singapore, belonging to a company called Asiafield Limited, registered on the property of Deepak Talwar and charitable property, the agency said in the charge sheet.

Talwar was arrested by the DE earlier this year after being deported from Dubai.

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