Mumbai: The ED has summoned the former union minister and the NCP leader Praful Patel in an alleged money laundering-terror funding case and has asked him to join the probe on Friday.
According to reports, the ED summons follows the recent searches and seizures made by the federal agency where it has stumbled a 2007 confirmation deed entered into between Millennium Developers and the family members of late drug lord Iqbal Memon alias Iqbal ‘Mirchi’. The former union minster Patel is a promoter of the realty firm that developed plush Ceejay House in south-central Mumbai, which is being investigated as ‘proceeds of crime’ of the late drug lord who is also a close aide of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, wanted in the 1993 Bombay blasts case.
On the other hand, the NCP leader denied the charges and maintained that the allegations against him are baseless. “It is an old case and since I am on election tour, I am not privy to the documents. But I can tell you that the allegations against me are false and unsubstantiated,” he claimed and rubbished as “mere speculation.”
It was reported that wife of Mirchi, a drug lord, Hajra Memon entered into a property deal with the Patel family. According to ED officials, Patel’s Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd constructed a building called Ceejay House in 2006-07 and its third and fourth floors were transferred to Mirchi’s wife Hajra Iqbal.