At last, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) landed at the kingpin (and Congress Treasurer) Ahmed Patel’s home in the Sandesara –Sterling Biotech Group-related money laundering scam and more than Rs.6000 crores worth bank cheating case. It took three years for the agencies to reach Ahmed Patel and question him for eight hours. Fugitive Gujarat based Sandesara Group promoters were totally blessed by Ahmed Patel in his heydays. PGurus in September 2017 reported first about Ahmed Patel’s son-in-law Irfan Siddiqui being on the radar of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED after the unearthing of Sandesara pay-out Diaries. CBI’s First Information Report (FIR) mentioned how Irfan was involved in dealing with bribe money.
The ED also unearthed the role of money transporting and handling by Ahmed Patel’s son Faizal Patel. One hawala operator Johny confessed before the court that he directly handed over money bags to Ahmed Patel many times from fugitive Vadodara-based Sandesara Group promoters. The agencies also fixed Ahmed Patel’s close aide Gagan Dhawan also in handling money from the Sandesara Group, which was engaged in all kinds of imports and exports (a euphemism for smuggling) from across the globe.
The Sandesara Group probe has created a huge tussle and a split in the CBI, ED and Income Tax departments for the past three years as many uncouth Gujarat-based officers were trying to sabotage this high profile case.
The probe against Sandesara Group created a huge tussle in the CBI, leading to the exit of its Director Alok Verma, who opposed the continuation of Special Director Rakesh Asthana, whose name figured in the Sandesara payout diaries for accepting Rs.3.8 crores. Many Gujarat-based IAS, IPS and IRS officers were in the payroll of Sandesara Group whose flagship firm is Sterling Biotech. CBI had already registered a case against three Income Tax Commissioners in this regard. One of the Commissioners was accepting money from Ahmed Patel’s son-in-law Irfan Siddiqui, according to CBI FIR.
Due to the role of many Gujarat-based officers, the probe against Ahmed Patel in the Sandesara case was getting delayed. Many of these officers were equally close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah as well as Ahmed Patel, who was ruling the roost till May 2014. The Sandesara Group probe has created a huge tussle and a split in the CBI, ED and Income Tax departments for the past three years as many uncouth Gujarat-based officers were trying to sabotage this high profile case. Hope Prime Minister Narendra Modi this time has given strict orders to fix all the uncouth corrupt elements in the bureaucracy. It is obvious that Ahmed Patel will play all dirty tricks against Modi and Shah for letting agencies to enter his home and question him for eight hours. For the past two months, Ahmed Patel was blatantly ignoring the ED summons, citing Covid-19 as a reason to avoid interrogation.
 CBI FIR names son-in-law of Ahmed Patel (Irfan) of bribing Income Tax officials – Sep 25, 2017, PGurus.com
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