With the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arresting Anup Garg, the ex-Director of Andhra Bank in the Sterling Biotech Rs.5000 crore loan fraud case, shock waves have started spreading and are expected to reach Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who is a known supporter of this Gujarat based firm. Ahmed Patel’s son–in–law Irfan Siddiqui’s role in bribing Income Tax officers was also mentioned in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s First Information Report (FIR) and ED’s FIR also.
The question is when will the CBI and ED officers be allowed by the Government to question Ahmed Patel, the trusted man of the just-retired Congress President Sonia Gandhi?
Vadodara based Sterling Biotech and its holding firm Sandesara Group was caught for bribing many top officials and politicians. CBI’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana’s name was also found in the payout diaries of the company. Asthana was the then Police Commissioner of Surat and the diary entries showed that Asthana had accepted around Rs.3.88 crores in 2011 alone from the tainted company. His son was also a staffer at the Sterling Biotech.
The payout diaries recovered from Sterling Biotech – Sandesara Group companies exposes one thing. The top bureaucrats and police officers from Gujarat mentioned in the dairy were maintaining good relations with BJP leaders as well as Ahmed Patel, the Congress heavyweight from the state. Like Asthana, many officers’ homes were given on namesake rental to the tainted company to facilitate monthly payouts.
The dubious activities of the company were caught by the Income Tax Department in 2011. But the Income Tax team which was conducting the raids was asked to withdraw within hours, having had their ears burnt from the firing they got from their bosses in Delhi. But some honest officers managed to take out the payout diaries while retreating from the Ahmed Patel supported tainted firm. CBI and ED’s charge sheets expose how the many PSU Banks consortium led by Andhra Bank was forced to give thousands of crores to Sterling Biotech which led to a Non-Performing Asset (NPA) tally of more than Rs.5000 crores.
The question is when will the CBI and ED officers be allowed by the Government to question Ahmed Patel, the trusted man of the just-retired Congress President Sonia Gandhi? Another question is with Rakesh Asthana in CBI, how credible will be the actions of the agency against the Sterling Biotech.
 CBI FIR names son-in-law of Ahmed Patel (Irfan) of bribing Income Tax officials – Sep 25, 2017, PGurus.com
 ED files charge sheet against tycoon Gagan Dhawan in Rs.5000 cr PMLA case – Dec 23, 2017, Business Standard
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