Bail plea pending in spl court, Hasan seeks liberty from HC

Even before the sessions court could decide the bail plea of Hasan Ali Khan, arrested in a multi-crore money laundering scam, the Pune-based stud farm owner has approached the Bombay High Court seeking liberty.

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 22:23 PM IST

Mumbai: Even before the sessions court
could decide the bail plea of Hasan Ali Khan, arrested in a
multi-crore money laundering scam, the Pune-based stud farm
owner has approached the Bombay High Court seeking liberty.

Hasan`s bail plea before a special sessions court has
been listed for April 26, while the one in the high court is
likely to come up for hearing on April 20.

"When the Enforcement Directorate can challenge the
order of the special court releasing Khan on bail on March 11
before the Supreme Court, the same principle needs to be
applied here. The agency cannot now object to Khan filing a
bail plea before the High Court," the application states.

It further says that Khan is ready to give an
undertaking that he would withdraw his plea filed before the
special court if the high court admits his bail application.

"Another circumstance for approaching the high court
is that the two advocates - Niteen Pradhan and Sonali Bendre -
who would be representing the ED, are not notified as special
public prosecutors by the central government. Thus there is
likelihood of delay of hearing of the bail plea by the lower
court," Khan`s lawyer IA Bagaria said.

In his application, Khan has said no offence is made
out against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act
(PMLA) on the basis of the material collected by the ED.

Special judge ML Tahalayani had on March 11 granted
bail to Khan, but it was cancelled by the Supreme Court on
March 21, forcing him to surrender. He is at present in
judicial custody.

PTI