The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday began quizzing former union aviation minister Praful Patel for his role in an alleged aviation scam during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Patel, a leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, was in charge of the civil aviation ministry between 2004 and 2011.
Late last month, the ED summoned Patel for questioning in the case probing alleged roles of some government officials and ministers in the UPA government in awarding favourable air traffic rights to foreign airlines that caused losses to Air India. Patel was named in a recent chargesheet filed by the agency as a person known to corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar.
Talwar was extradited from Dubai in January this year.
The ED has alleged that Talwar was in regular touch with Patel.
The former minister appeared before the ED on Monday, accompanied by his lawyers, to record his statement in the matter.