Enforcement Directorate has summoned Former Union minister Praful Patel for an alleged property deal between him and Hajra, the wife of Iqbal Mirchi.
Iqbal Mirchi was a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The agency is investigating allegations of a something in return in the deal.
While Mr Patel denied any misdeed and said all on records and he will put it in front of the agency. this is the second case with ED where Patel name figured. Earlier In the case of Air bus deal also his name cropped up and agency did called him for investigation.
The Enforcement Directorate is looking into deals related to several properties — including one in Ceejay House in the Worli area of Mumbai, which reportedly belonged to Iqbal Mirchi’s first wife Hajra Memon. The building stands on a plot allegedly owned by Iqbal Mirchi.
The agency is considering the property as “proceeds of crime”. Mukhtar Memon, believed to be the key person who handles various properties of Iqbal Mirchi in Mumbai, has also been questioned. Mukhtar Memon is the brother-in-law of Iqbal Mirchi. Both were close aide of Dawood Ibrahim .
Mr Patel today told the media that the matter is under investigation and the issue is if the “person at Ceejay House is linked with me”.
He said “After my father’s death, there was dispute in the family among 21 co-owners. The Mumbai High Court was asked in 1978 to take charge and look after the property,” he said.