An Enforcement Directorate (ED) team on Saturday visited senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s residence in Delhi to question him in connection with the Sandesara brothers money laundering case, officials said. They said the three-member team reached
Patel’s home at 23, Mother Teresa Crescent in central Delhi and it will record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED had summoned Patel twice for questioning in the case but the Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat cited the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines that advise senior citizens to stay indoors.
The agency agreed to his request and subsequently informed him that they will send an investigating officer to him for questioning. The case pertains to probe against Sandesara brothers — Chetan and Nitin — and a few others for alleged multi-
crore bank fraud and money laundering by Gujarat-based firm Sterling Biotech.
Ahmad Patel made health issues an excuse to evade interrogation
Making excuses like this to evade summons has emerged as a regular pattern with the Congress leader. Prior to this when Ahmed Patel was summoned for questioning by the Income Tax Department in connection with the investigation into the case of hawala
and cash transactions worth Rs 400 crore reaching the Congress party office, the senior Congress leader did not appear for questioning claiming that he was unwell. He had then complained about breathing distress and got himself admitted to the Metro Hospital in Faridabad, Haryana.
As per reports, Patel was summoned as the treasurer of the All India Congress Committee.
However, Ahmed Patel’s son – Faisel Patel and his son-in-law – Irfan Siddiqui who have been interrogated by the agency earlier have confessed that they knew Chetan Sandesara – younger brother of the Sterling Biotech Ltd Director – Nitin Sandesara.