Puducherry: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday began questioning Puducherry Lt Governor Iqbal Singh over his
recommendation for issuing passport expeditiously to Hasan Ali
Khan, facing money laundering and tax evasion charges.
Official sources said the four-member team from Mumbai
began questioning Singh at Raj Nivas, five days after an ED
team from Chennai had set the motion in process.
The ED`s questioning comes after the Prime Minister`s
Office gave a green signal to the Directorate to go ahead
with recording Singh`s statement on his recommendation as a
Congress Rajya Sabha member in 1997 for expeditiously issuing
passport to Khan, a Pune stud farm owner.
Singh was embroiled in controversy after his name cropped
up during the questioning of Bihar-based Congress leader
Amlendu Pandey over the issue.
The Lt Governor has admitted to have recommended
expeditious issue of passport to Khan, but claimed he never
In a letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram last week,
Singh had claimed he asked for the passport to be granted on
humanitarian grounds because he had been told that Khan needed
to travel abroad urgently to visit his ailing brother.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister V
Vaithilingam said "there is no necessity" for Lt
Governor Iqbal Singh to step down from his post.