Patel has joined the Shinde camp but has not been sworn in as minister. He was sacked by Sharad Pawar on Monday for engaging in “anti-party activities”. In June 2019, he was summoned by the ED for an inquiry in the aviation deal case.
The agency claimed that Patel was under their lens for handing out profitable routes to foreign airlines. He was allegedly close to corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar who helped secure favourable deals for private airlines. In its chargesheet against Talwar, the ED had also mentioned Patel.
While she does not have any ED case against her, her father and top NCP leader Sunil Tatkare was booked for corruption in the alleged multi-crore irrigation scam. His name appeared in the chargesheet in 2017, mentioning that the probe is incomplete.
While the ACB was initially probing the case, the ED was subsequently roped.
The investigation was triggered by a PIL filed in 2012 at the Bombay high court accusing the then water resources minister, Sunil Tatkare, of amassing disproportionate assets. It was alleged that his family had floated 36 companies to get unsecured loans.
In 2015, both the ACB and ED were pulled up by the court for their slow progress in investigating the corruption charges against Tatkare.