Hasan Ali aide granted anticipatory bail

The Bombay High Court granted anticipatory bail to Kolkata-based businessman Kashinath Tapuriah in connection with a fake passport case of Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan.

Updated: Jun 13, 2011, 22:10 PM IST

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday granted
anticipatory bail to Kolkata-based businessman Kashinath
Tapuriah in connection with a fake passport case of Pune-based
stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan.

Both Khan and his close aide Tapuriah are presently
lodged at Arthur Road jail after they were arrested by the
Enforcement Directorate (ED) for an alleged multi-crore money
laundering scam.

Worli police had in 2008 registered a case of forgery and
cheating against Khan for procuring fake passports. He was
last week questioned by the police in the case.

Tapuriah, accused of facilitating the procurement of fake
passports, today approached the high court seeking
anticipatory bail apprehending arrest in the case.

According to his lawyer, Khan has been granted bail in
the case and the police has not yet seized the alleged fake
passports.

Accepting his plea, Justice AM Thipsay granted the
businessman bail on a surety of Rs 50,000.

Police had contended that Khan lost his original passport
issued by the Hyderabad`s Regional Passport Office in 2006
when he was in England.

Subsequently, he was given a fresh passport, valid for a
year, by the Indian High Commission in England. He used that
to go to Switzerland and Canada, police said. Later, Khan
applied for a new passport in Pune.

However, police found that the billionaire had two other
passports procured by submitting fake documents, one issued in
Mumbai and the other in Patna.

PTI