Senior Congress leader and political advisor to Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, was on Saturday questioned by a team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials at his residence in Delhi. The questioning was in connection with the Sandesara brothers money laundering case. He was questioned for his alleged links with Sandesara brothers.
The ED had earlier summoned Patel twice for questioning in the case but he cited the prevailing COVID-19 conditions and the guidelines that advised senior citizens to stay indoors as the reason for not answering the summons. When the agency assured Patel that all precautions will be taken he pointed out that the ED headquarters had reported some cases too following which the agency offered to visit his home.
The money laundering case pertains to the Rs 14,500 crore bank loan fraud carried out by Vadodara-based pharma firm Sterling Biotech and its main promoters – Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara and Deepti Sandesara – all of whom are absconding. They are reportedly in Nigeria and efforts are on to extradite them. Patel is a MP from Gujarat
The agency had also questioned Patel’s son Faisal and son-in-law Irfan Siddiqui in this case and recorded their statements.