Business Standard

Air India case: Praful Patel avoids ED again

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Former Civil Aviation on Wednesday again skipped questioning by the in connection with an investigation into how 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 had skipped ED questioning on June 6 too, citing prior appointments.

The ED said it will issue a fresh summons to Patel.

The case follows a criminal complaint registered by the ED over alleged irregularities in fixing air slots for other international airlines that purportedly caused losses to

Patel, who has denied any wrongdoing, was the Civil Aviation in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government between 2004 and 2011 when and merged.

The ED investigation covers the merger, purchase of 111 aircraft from and 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 and others.

In its May 1 chargesheet, the ED alleged that finalised various communications addressed to Patel on behalf of and

Talwar, now in judicial custody, was extradited to India from the United Arab (UAE) in January this year.

It is also investigating how money received in Talwar's was moved to government employees in India including those in the



(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 12:58 IST