Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel has told Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials in question that he did not know that Iqbal Memon and Iqbal Mirchi were the same person. He has claimed that the drug mafia deal was done by a relative who died a few years ago. Significantly, Patel was questioned for 12 hours on Friday in connection with the investigation of the ongoing money laundering case against Memon, who worked for underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. According to sources, the investigation is taking place regarding the legal agreements between the Millennium Developers, the Patel family which was promoting and the Mirchi family. The ED is now on the lookout for a man named Farooq Patel who got the deal done between Patel and Mirchi. Farooq’s name came up during interrogation of Mirchi’s relative Mukhtar Patka. Patka used to deal with land matters of Mirchi in India. Patel has confessed to knowing Farooq in front of the ED.
He has claimed that the drug mafia deal was done by a relative who died a few years ago.
Authorities have said that Mirchi had occupied a plot of land in Worli in 1985. This part belonged to the Patel family. Mirchi started a disco there and ran a drugs business from here. He later fled abroad to avoid arrest. In 1999, the disco closed and Millennium Developers made a deal to develop the entire plot with Mirchi’s wife Hazra. The company erected a 15-storey building named CJ House here and gave two floors of it to Hazra and his two sons. Mirchi died in 2013 in London. ED officials have interrogated Patel in the matter of taking Rs 5 crore from Mirchi’s wife and sons of Millennium Developers. Patel told them that this money would have been taken for the maintenance of the building. The ED is also investigating the phone conversation between Praful Patel and Mirchi through a common friend.