Mumbai: Hasan Ali Khan had connections
with several political bigwigs, including union ministers, MPs
and a former Andhra Pradesh chief minister, Kashinath
Tapuriah, a co-accused of the Pune stud farm owner in the
money laundering case, has told the Enforcement Directorate.
The hawala operator, arrested for money laundering,
had "intimate relations" with an actor-turned-MP and had
wangled a diamond worth Rs 1.2 crore from Tapuriah which he
proposed to gift to a former woman union minister.
These claims have been made by Tapuriah, a Kolkata
businessman, to ED under oath on March 31. The proceedings
were video-recorded in accordance with a Supreme Court
directive and form part of the charge sheet filed in the
case on May 6.