ED uncovers NCP leader Praful Patel’s alleged link with Iqbal Mirchi
Taking the Congress head-on over such shocking revelations, the BJP has asked Congress party about the alliance with NCP and about the post to be given to Patel during UPA’s tenure.
New Delhi: In a startling development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has found alleged links between NCP leader Praful Patel and late drug lord Iqbal Mirchi. The investigating agency claims to have ‘damning evidence’ of the land deal link between the political heavyweight and Dawood gang member.
The ED is probing the alleged financial partnership deal between Millenium Developers, a company promoted by former civil aviation minister Praful Patel and wife of Iqbal Mirchi, former aide of Dawood Ibrahim.
NCP leader Praful Patel and his wife Varsha are the promoters of Millennium Developers, which had developed the property, Ceejay House. The 15-story commercial building in the heart of maximum city was constructed as joint venture between Mirchi and M/s Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd in 2006-07. Subsequently, the third and fourth floor of Ceejay House was transferred to Mirchi family by M/s Millennium Developers Pvt Ltd in 2007, reports said.
BJP questions, NCP defends Praful
Taking the Congress head-on over such shocking revelations, the BJP has asked Congress party about the alliance with NCP and about the post to be given to Patel during UPA’s tenure. ED may question Praful Patel in connection to his alleged link with the late drug lord Iqbal Mirchi.
NCP released a statement on Saturday, saying: “The Patel family bought the property on which Ceejay House has been constructed from the Maharaja of Gwalior in the year 1963. The property was in court receiver from 1978-2005 due to disputes among co-owners. During this period, there were illegal occupants in the premises behind the then building. They were relocated by an order of the high court on the third floor when the building was redeveloped. Ceejay House is not owned by any individuals being mentioned in the news report. All documents and court orders are available on record.”