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Hasan Ali case: No theft took place, says Salar Jung Museum

City police, who are investigating the alleged theft of Nizams` jewellery from the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad by Hasan Ali, are now finding out whether the stolen articles belonged to some other city-based royal family.



Hyderabad: City police, who are investigating
the alleged theft of Nizams` jewellery and antiques from the
Salar Jung Museum here by Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali
Khan, are now finding out whether the stolen articles
belonged to some other city-based royal family.

This follows denial by the Salar Jung Museum (SJM)
authorities on Thursday that such a theft ever took place from
the museum. They also told the investigators that no person by
the name Nasir Baig -- allegedly named by Khan -- ever worked
at SJM.

Following a complaint by the Enforcement Directorate
(ED), the Central Crime Station of Hyderabad Police on May 2
lodged a case against Hasan Ali Khan and his aide Kashinath
Tapuriah, a Kolkata businessman, both of whom are facing
charges of money laundering.

Other accused in the theft case are Philip Anandraj,
Nasir Baig, and Ram Bharoj Gupta, a Hyderabad-based jewellery
shop owner.

Khan and others are accused of stealing jewellery
belonging to the erstwhile Nizams of the princely state of
Hyderabad and other artifacts from the SJM, and selling them
for Rs 50 lakh in overseas markets.

Khan reportedly confessed to the ED that he procured the
articles and jewellery from Nasir Baig, who, Khan said, was
the custodian of the SJM in 1992.

"After we wrote to the museum authorities, they told us
that no person with the name Nasir Baig worked with them and
they do not have any jewellery items of Nizams` on display," a
police officer said.

"Now we have to verify whether the allegedly stolen
jewellery or antiques belonged to any other royal family."

According to the investigating officials, the jewellery
belonging to Nizams was with the Nizam Trust, and not the
Salar Jung Museum.

But the complaint stated that articles were stolen from
the museum itself, and Baig passed them on to Hasan Ali Khan
and others.

Police sources said that Khan might have claimed that
articles belonged to Nizam family to jack up their prices in
the international market.

The ED today filed chargesheet against Khan and Kashinath
Tapuriah in the special court in Mumbai in the money
laundering case.

PTI

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