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Praful Patel quizzed for 8 hours in aviation scam case; to again appear before ED tomorrow

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Former Civil Aviation and NCP was questioned for nearly eight hours by the (ED) here on Monday in connection with an during the

Patel refused to answer on what transpired at the ED office.

He was called by the agency to appear at its office here on Tuesday for questioning over his alleged involvement in awarding favourable air traffic rights to foreign airlines that caused losses to

The was earlier summoned to appear on Thursday but he had sought another date due to "prior commitments."

The name of Patel, who was the civil aviation between 2004 and 2011, came up in the alleged scam in a chargesheet filed by the ED against on March 30.

The agency in its charge sheet had said that Deepak Talwar, who is currently in judicial custody, allegedly acted as a middleman to favour foreign private airlines, causing huge loss to the carrier.

It also said that Talwar was in regular touch with the former Aviation

"Talwar finalised various communications on behalf of and to be addressed to the then Minister of Civil Aviation Praful Patel," (SPP) DP Singh, appearing for the agency, had told on May 1.

Talwar allegedly received payments to the tune of Rs 272 crore during 2008-09 by these international airlines in lieu of securing favourable traffic rights.

Talwar was extradited from on January 30.

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 19:50 IST