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ED summons Praful in money laundering case

NCP leader Praful Patel. File

NCP leader Praful Patel. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

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Mirchi is alleged to be the right hand man of Dawood Ibrahim in drug trafficking and extortion crimes.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned the former Union Minister, Praful Patel, for recording his statement in a money laundering case involving international drug dealer Iqbal Mirchi, who died in London in 2013.

Mr. Patel has been asked to appear before the probe team in Mumbai on October 18, said an ED official. He has denied any wrongdoing. 

The agency claimed to have found documents showing that Mr. Patel’s company Millennium Developers Private Limited had constructed Ceejay House in Mumbai’s Worli in 2006-07. Mr. Patel’s wife is a co-owner of the company.

 

It is alleged that a deed of confirmation was signed between Millennium Developers and Mirchi’s second wife Hazra Iqbal and their two children, Asif and Junaid, in February 2007.

Under the agreement, the tenancy rights of the third and fourth floors of the building, spread across around 14,000 sq ft, were allegedly transferred to them.

The portion was then worth ₹1.13 crore on paper.

The previous owners of the land, where one ‘Shriniketan’ building was earlier constructed, had agreed to convert the tenancy rights into ownership, in case the land’s status was changed on formation of a co-operative society. It is alleged that Mirchi’s family was one of the occupants since 1986.

After settling the disputes, the co-owners had entered into an agreement with Millennium Developers for the new construction. 

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