New Delhi: In another big expose, Zee Business has revealed details about controversial Kanpur-based meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi's alleged links with Ronald K Noble, who was Interpol Secretary General from year 2000 to 2014.
The Zee Business decoded Noble, who had held several important posts in American Secret Service, Customs Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division while exposing his links with Qureshi, which were revealed by the channel two weeks earlier.
Based on its findings, the Zee Business claimed that Qureshi was in touch with an Indian origin Interpol officer. Qureshi allegedly sought his help to omit names of two people from the Interpol list. The two men in quuestion - Dubai-based Vinod Karnam and Alana Siraj Abdul Razzak - were under the Interpol radar after the Egyptian police had issued Red Alert against them.
Zee Business accessed the passport details of both men. The Interpol officer, through his private email, had sought the details of the two men, Zee Business revealed.
Keeping in view the seriousness of the issue, the Zee Business contacted Noble and posed a series of questions to him about his alleged links with the hawala dealer, Qureshi, and how he came in contact with the later.
In his reply to Zee Business, Noble maintained, "I had friendly relations with Mr. Moin Qureshi and his family as well as with the then CBI Director AP Singh and his family. When I met Mr. Moin Qureshi, he was already known to the then CBI Director AP Singh whom I also consider a friend. It was perfectly natural for me to interact with him and later become friendly with Mr. Qureshi in this context."
In the second question posed to Noble, he was asked if he was aware of serious charges against Qureshi of being a hawala dealer and that he was under criminal investigation by the Indian agencies?
In his reaction to this, he replied, "At no point during my time as Interpol Secretary General did any person advise me that Mr. Moin Qureshi was under criminal investigation by any governmental agency. I learned about the investigation against him from the Indian media."
In one such question, Noble was asked to comment on the BBM messages between him and Qureshi which revealed that he had recieved gifts from the hawala dealer several times.
In his clarification, he said, "In terms of gifts, I always made it a point while I was Interpol Secretary General either not to accept gifts personally or to give back to the gift-giver - gifts of equal or greater value than the personal gifts I received. Everyone worldwide knows my reputation in this regard."
Did you invite Qureshi to March 16, 2014 Interpol Gala Concert which was held in Paris, he was further asked?
"There was never any Interpol Gala Concert in Paris or in any other city. There was a charitable gala concert planned for 2014 to which the public would have been invited, but it was never held," Noble answered.
The BBM messages between you and Qureshi clearly reveals that he had asked you to clear names of two international criminals from the Red Alert list, what do you have to say about that, the Zee Business asked Noble.
"No Interpol Red Notices were ever withdrawn at the request of Mr. Moin Qureshi. This is a fact. You on the other hand state that “There is a specific instance of Mr Qureshi asking to drop red alert(s) in cases of two international criminals... And Noble obliged him...” If you are suggesting that Interpol Red Notices were dropped at the request of Mr. Moin Qureshi, then I categorically reject this suggestion."
Noble denying the charge completely raises suspicion over his conduct as why would he ask for the details of the two persons mentioned by Qureshi, questioned Zee Business in its explosive expose.
In one of his replies to the questions posed by the Zee Business, Noble said, "Before making such a serious and libelous allegation, you should provide the names of the persons for whom Red Notices were allegedly issued by the Interpol including the date/year of issuance and then show that these Red Notices were removed by Interpol. Interpol should then be given time to check its databases before you publish your story. In this way, the falsity of the claim could be proved at the same time that the allegation is made. That would give your readers/viewers a fair and accurate picture!"
Though Noble has categorically denied any wrongdoing, there is enough ground to say that he was approached by Qureshi to get the names of two people removed from the Interpol list.
The Zee Business even appraoched the Interpol and sought more information regarding the two men mentioned by Qureshi. In its email to Interpol, the Zee Business asked - a) What is the investigation of Interpol on Karnam and Razzak?, b) What is the history of their case? And, c) Did Interpol ever issued any notice against these two men?
The Interpol, however, refused to divulge any details, saying that it is not appropriate on its part to say anything while adding that it is an independent agency and doesn't work under any outside pressure. The agency asked the channel to contact Noble regarding the issue.