Court allows ED to question Hasan Ali for 3 days

A special court allowed the Enforcement Directorate to question Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, accused of stashing away billions of dollars in overseas accounts, for three days.

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2011, 19:41 PM IST

Mumbai/Patna: A Mumbai court on Saturday allowed
the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to question alleged money
launderer Hasan Ali Khan for three days even as he filed a
fresh bail plea in the same court.

ED told the special court hearing Prevention of Money
Laundering Act cases that it wanted to confront Khan, accused
of stashing away billions of dollars in overseas accounts,
with certain disclosures made by Congress leader Amlendu
Pandey, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh and one K C
Singh.
A Patna court meanwhile issued a fresh warrant for
production of Khan before it by May 12 in a fake passport case
lodged against him here. Khan is currently in judicial custody
in Mumbai since March 25.

Chief Judicial Magistrate(CJM) Surendra Pratap Singh
passed the order on a prayer by Patna police.

According to ED, Pandey and Iqbal Singh have been
questioned about Khan obtaining a fake passport from Patna
passport office.

"We have consented to ED`s plea for questioning Khan,"
Khan`s Defence lawyer I P Bagadia said in Mumbai.

Khan also filed a bail petition in the Mumbai special
court keeping with the Bombay High Court order asking him to
seek relief from the lower court.

The HC had asked him yesterday to first approach the
special court as per Supreme Court directives.
Khan`s petition, posted for hearing on May 4,
contended that ED had stated in the remand papers that no case
for money laundering had been made out against him and
therefore he should be granted bail.

The businessman is facing charge of depositing
billions of dollars in foreign banks with the help of
Kolkata-based businessman Kashinath Tapuriah.

Pandey is suspected to have helped Khan in procuring
fake passport from Patna.

In Patna, CJM Singh had issued a production warrant
for Khan on April 19 and ordered Patna police to produce him
before it by April 30. But the police could not comply with
the court order due to technical reasons.

Patna police had lodged an FIR against Khan on
November 19, 2010, for submission of fake residence address
and other documents for obtaining a passport from the regional
passport office here in 2007.

PTI