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Praful Patel Appears Before Enforcement Directorate In AI Seat-Sharing Case

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New Delhi: Former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Tuesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for a second day of questioning in connection with the agency’s probe into the irregular seat-sharing on Air India’s profitable routes.

Praful Patel, who was questioned for over eight hours on Monday, deposed before the ED officials at its headquarters in South Delhi’s Khan Market area.

On Monday, the ED questioned the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader about his relations with the Air India and Civil Aviation Ministry officials.

The case allegedly involved corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar. The ED has already questioned several Air India officials and also recorded the statements of then Civil Aviation Secretary and others involved in processing and finalizing the agreements.

Patel was the Civil Aviation Minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government when the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines took place. He has denied any wrongdoing in the case. Talwar, currently in judicial custody, was extradited to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in January for his suspected role in the case. (IANS)

 

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