Mumbai: A special court on Thursday granted bail
to the wife of Pune businessman and alleged tax evader Hasan
Enforcement Directorate (ED) had initiated proceedings
against Rheema Khan under the Prevention of Money Laundering
Act (PMLA) and relevant section of the IPC for not responding
to summons and appearing before the agency for questioning.
She was granted bail by the special PMLA court here. Her
application seeking quashing of the ED proceedings against her
was rejected by the court on September 8 after which she filed
Rheema, on August 17, had approached the court asking for
direction to quash the proceedings which were initiated after
she did not respond to the summons.
"She had earlier filed bail application after which the
court granted her interim bail. Now she has been given regular
bail," said an ED officer.
ED has alleged that Hasan, currently in jail, and his
Kolkata-based businessman associate Kashinath Tapuriah had
stashed away billions of dollars in foreign banks.
Tapuriah had helped Hasan, who was into scrap trading
business, to get lucrative contracts for supply of scrap to
some top steel companies, the agency said.
Hasan, who owns race horses, is also facing close to Rs
70,000-crore tax demand notice from the Income Tax Department.