NEW DELHI, June 1 - The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned senior NCP leader and former Union Aviation Minister Praful Patel next week as part of its money laundering probe related to alleged losses suffered by national carrier Air India in a multi-crore-rupee aviation scam during the UPA-era, officials said on Saturday.
They said Patel, a Rajya Sabha member, has been asked to appear before the investigating officer of the case at 11 am on June 6 here.
This is the first major action against a political leader in the alleged multi-crore aviation scam that is stated to have taken place during the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh.
Officials sources said Patel, a senior politician belonging to Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), needs to be put through certain
revelations made by arrested aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar and certain evidence unearthed by the agency in pursuit of this case filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Patel, also the All India Football Federation president, has been asked to bring along certain documents related to his personal and official finances on the day of deposition, they said.
Meanwhile, the NCP leader said in Mumbai said that he will be happy to cooperate with the ED so that the agency understands the �complexities� of the aviation sector. � PTI