Praful Patel Latest News: AIFF President denies any wrongdoing over his agreement with Iqbal Mirchi in connection to Ceejay House property.
AIFF President and former Union Minister Praful Patel is going to be questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over his alleged association with Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Iqbal Mirchi over Ceejay House Property.
In response, Patel has claimed that he has not been involved in any wrongdoing and denies all the accusations by calling them baseless. When asked about the reports of his name appearing in the land deal related to Iqbal Mirchi, Praful Patel said, “When the time comes, I will answer whatever I have to.”
In an official statement, Praful Patel claims that the controversial Mumbai property was bought by his family from the Maharaja of Gwalior in 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,” the statement by Praful Patel reads.
According to India Today, the property was in dispute between 1978 to 2005, several illegal occupants had taken over the backside of the property. Sources say that the person who was behind the illegal tenants was Humayun Merchant.
Later, the illegal occupants were removed and an agreement was signed between Iqbal Mirchi’s wife Hazra Memon and Millennium Developers whose promoters were Praful Patel and his wife.
The agreement for Ceejay property was later agreed between Praful Patel and Iqbal Mirchi’s wife in 2007. As per the sale deed, two floors of approximately 14,000 sq KM were allotted to Iqbal Mirchi’s family members. Back then Patel was in the Union ministry.
The statement further added, “They were relocated by an order of the high court on the third floor when the building was re-developed. Ceejay House is not owned by any individuals being mentioned in the news report. All documents and court orders are available on record.”
On Monday, BJP accused Patel over his links with the D Company, which Patel has openly declined. Sources further say that ED will question the NCP leader over the sale deed in which he is one of the signatories along with Mirchi’s three family members and Millennium Developers Private Limited.