Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Maharashtra unit president Jayant Patil on Monday reached the Enforcement Directorate office for questioning in a money laundering case. When called for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate, he said that being a part of the opposition one has to face such problems. Before leaving the house, Patil told reporters outside his residence here that he was going to appear before the ED. Along with this, he also appealed to the party workers to maintain peace.
Officials said the ED has summoned Patil for questioning in a money laundering case related to alleged financial irregularities in the now-bankrupt financial services company IL&FS. Patil, the 61-year-old MLA from Islampur seat, was earlier issued summons to appear before it on May 12 but sought a 10-day extension due to some personal and official work. After this he was asked to appear on May 22.
Before leaving the house to join the ED’s interrogation, Patil said on Monday, “I am part of the opposition and will have to face this kind of trouble.” I have never heard the name of IL&FS before but ED officials have asked me to appear. I will try to answer their queries within the legal ambit.” A large number of party workers gathered outside the NCP office which is located next to the ED’s office in South Mumbai. Patil appealed to the party workers to maintain calm and allow the officers to do their work.