Mumbai police question Hasan Ali in fake passport case
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 22:49
Mumbai: The city police on Thursday questioned Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, accused of stashing away huge funds abroad, in connection with a fake passport case.

A Sessions court had yesterday allowed Worli police to interrogate Khan for two days in connection with the fake passport case after they moved an application in this regard.

Khan, lodged in high-security Arthur Road jail in connection with alleged money laundering, is also facing the charge of tax evasion in a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

"Our three-member team, led by Vasant Tajane (senior inspector of Worli police station), questioned him today," said Additional Police Commissioner Madhukar Pandey, refusing to divulge further details.

Tajane said police could not question Khan at length as he was taken to a government hospital for medical examination and was brought to the jail at 4.45 PM.

"After Khan returned to jail, we interrogated him for a while. Tomorrow again, we will go to the prison to question him," he added.

Khan had been arrested in 2008 in connection with the fake passport case but he obtained bail in January 2009.

He is facing criminal cases under the Passport Act for allegedly obtaining a number of passports from different parts of the country.

According to police, Khan had 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 added. 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.

The court is also likely to decide on June 17 the application filed by ED seeking permission to question Khan for three days in the money-laundering case.


First Published: Thursday, June 09, 2011, 22:49

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