Was requested 128 questions: Ahmed Patel after being grilled by ED for 26 hours over three days

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Was requested 128 questions: Ahmed Patel after being grilled by ED for 26 hours over three days

Senior Congress chief Ahmed Patel was requested around 128 questions over three days of interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in reference to the Rs 14,500 crore Sterling Biotech financial institution fraud case.

On Thursday, Patel was grilled for over eight hours, whereas on Tuesday he was interrogated for more than ten hours by a three-member team of the ED at his Delhi residence and for eight hours on Saturday.

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During the three days of questioning, Ahmed Patel was grilled for over 26 hours throughout which he was requested 128 questions associated to the cash laundering case against Gujrat primarily based Chetan Sandesara and Nitin Sandesara.

After the questioning, Ahmed Patel mentioned, “I’ve replied to the all of the questions I used to be requested to their satisfaction. They informed me that my questioning is over. All the questions have been primarily based on the allegations and they don’t have any direct proof against me.“

Targeting the govt, Ahmed Patel further mentioned, “It is vendetta and political harassment against me. I don’t know under whose stress they [ED officials] are working.”

The monetary probe company is recording the assertion of Patel over his alleged connections with absconding accused Chetan Sandesara and Nitin Sandesara who’re prime accused in a rip-off larger than the Punjab National Bank rip-off involving Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

During the questioning, Ahmed Patel, in accordance to sources, was confronted with the statements given by the witnesses and suspects in the case.

India Today has discovered that Patel was requested about his alleged relationship with Chetan Sandesara and Nitin Sandesara and on the allegations that vast amount of money on a number of events have been delivered at his Delhi residence by them.

On Saturday, Ahmed Patel had alleged that the govt is concentrating on him and different opposition leaders to divert consideration from its failure to handle the financial, well being and national security disaster.

“Rather than combating the pandemic and China, this govt is keener to combat the Opposition. Nonetheless, our conscience is evident. We don’t have anything to cover, nor are we afraid to criticise & expose the govt’s failures ?and their past corruption,” he mentioned earlier.

The statements of the veteran Congress chief has being recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), officers mentioned.

India Today has learnt that in investigation in the case, a key witness had disclosed the connection between Chetan Sandesara, Ahmed Patel, his son Faisal Patel and son-in-law Irfan Siddiqui.

Sunil Yadav, an worker of the Sandesara group, had alleged in his assertion that Chetan Sandesara allegedly used to handover big quantities of money to Ahmed Patel’s son-in-law Irfan Siddiqui. Sunil alleged that Ahmed Patel’s residence was also used for conferences.

“Chetan Sandesara used to check with Ahmed Patel’s residence (23, Mother Teresa Crescent Road, Delhi) as headquarters. Chetan and Gagan Dhawan used to go to Ahmed Patel’s residence. They have gone to this address not less than 25-30 occasions. The conferences have been mounted by Chetan and Gagan Dhawan by means of Mahajan (PA of Ahmed Patel) over the cellphone,” Sunil allegedly mentioned in his assertion.

The ED can be probing allegations that Siddiqui “occupied” a residential property in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar that was bought by the Sandesaras.

The Enforcement Directorate has already questioned Irfan Siddiqui, son-in-law of Ahmed Patel, in reference to multi-thousand-crore financial institution fraud and money-laundering probe against Gujarat-based pharmaceutical agency Sterling Biotech.

Ahmed Patel’s son Faisal Patel was also questioned by the ED earlier in the similar case.

Ahmed Patel, a really shut affiliate of Sonia Gandhi, is a Rajya Sabha member of the Congress from Gujarat and holds the publish of treasurer in the grand previous party.

The alleged Rs 14,500 crore financial institution mortgage fraud is claimed to have been perpetrated by the Vadodara-based pharma agency and its foremost promoters — Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara and Deepti Sandesara — all of whom are absconding.

[Headline and report might have been reworked by the The News Everyday; rest generated from a syndicated feed.]

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