CBI questions Praful Patel in aviation scam
The agency alleged that on domestic routes, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Indigo, Spicejet and Paramount Airways started operating and made profits.
The agency had last month arrested corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar following allegations that he received Rs 272 crore in bribes while acting as a middleman to illegally secure favourable air traffic rights for foreign private airlines at the cost of national carrier Air India by liaising with several government functionaries.
Patel was questioned by CBI over his alleged involvement and association with Talwar.
The former minister has already been interrogated by the Enforcement Directorate two months back. Patel has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. In its charge sheet filed in May, the ED had described Patel as a “dear friend” of Talwar and said the former minister used to meet Talwar “socially”.
The ED, in its charge sheet, had further said Talwar had “close proximity” to “various government agencies, including ministries of finance, law, corporate affairs, technology, the then Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), banking, media and public relations”.