Jayant Patil to appear before ED for questioning today over his role in the alleged IL&FS scam
On Monday the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to grill Maharashtra Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Jayant Patil in connection with his role in the alleged IL&FS scam.
Jayant Patil was summoned last week, on May 13. Patil had sought time from the central agency and he will appear on Monday for the probe.
Patil said that he will go to the ED office around noon as per the agency’s summons, and appealed to his party men not to crowd outside during his presence there.
The ED summons to Patil triggered statewide protests from the NCP and the Nationalist Youth Congress Party (NYCP) activists, and Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies like Congress and Shiv Sena (UBT), with many supporters trooping to Mumbai from his hometown Islampur in Sangli.
The NCP and NYCP activists demonstrated outside the ED office in south Mumbai, raising slogans, waving posters, placards, and banners slamming the central probe agency.
“We want the ED to probe ‘all the corrupt elements in the Bharatiya Janata Party instead of targeting only the Opposition parties or leaders’ to please their political masters,” said NYCP President Mahebub Shaikh leading the protests near the ED office.
“I have been getting calls from leaders and workers in my party and even the other alliance partners. I appeal to all my party leaders and activists not to come to Mumbai. I shall fully cooperate with the ED probe and am grateful for your affection,” said Patil.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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