Former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Wednesday again skipped questioning by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with an investigation into how Air India ceded profitable routes to private airlines.
Patel, who was questioned on Monday and Tuesday for over 17 hours, skipped the questioning after sending a letter to the agency through his advocates.
The ED said it will issue a fresh summons to Patel.
The ED investigation covers the merger, purchase of 111 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus for Rs 70,000 crore, ceding of profitable routes and schedules to private airlines as well as opening of training institutes with foreign investment.
The ED has questioned several Air India officials and recorded statements of the then Civil Aviation Secretary and others.
Talwar, now in judicial custody, was extradited to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in January this year.
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