Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED)
on Wednesday opposed the bail plea of Kashinath Tapuriah, aide of
Hasan Ali Khan arrested for alleged money laundering,
contending that he is sufficiently influential due to his
Tapuriah had approached the Bombay High Court seeking
bail on the ground that he has been implicated in the case and
that there is no evidence against him.
Additional solicitor general Darius Khambata, arguing for
ED, claimed that there are chances of Tapuriah absconding if
released on bail. "Tapuriah was the one who had helped Hasan
Ali Khan in acquiring passports on the basis of forged
documents in 1998 and 1999," he said.
Tapuriah`s counsel Ashok Mundargi argued that it is not
ED`s case that Tapuriah holds various bank accounts abroad or
that he received proceeds of crime.
"Prosecution`s case is not that he is beneficiary of
alleged crime. His role, if at all, is attributed post
committal of crime where he advised transfer of money from one
bank account to another," argued Mundargi.
Relying on ED`s case, Mundargi further contended that the
investigating agency has nowhere said that money came to
Justice R P Sondur Baldota will pass order on the bail
plea on December 9.