Mumbai: Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who was arrested yesterday night by the Enforcement Directorate on money laundering and tax evasion charges, was, Tuesday, admitted to Mumbai’s JJ Hospital after he complained of chest pain and high blood pressure.
53-year-old Ali, who was detained in Pune, was brought to Mumbai and grilled by the ED for nearly six hours before they put him under arrest. He will be produced in a court today.
Hasan Ali has been claiming innocence and even went on to say that he doesn’t understand what’s going on.
"I am innocent. I haven`t done anything wrong," he said.
Meanwhile in Delhi, the Supreme Court pulled up the Centre on the ongoing probe against Hasan Ali Khan, dubbed as the country’s biggest tax evader.
The apex court questioned the government on why Khan was not being booked under more stringent sections of the Indian Penal Code, including Prevention Of Terrorism Act (POTA).
The Supreme Court while blasting the Centre last Thursday for not having the "will power" to act against black money hoarders asked why Khan and others were not subjected to custodial interrogation despite the probe agencies possessing sufficient material against them.
Yesterday, after picking him from Pune, ED officials took Khan to his posh house in Peddar Road in South Mumbai where he was quizzed till 10.30 pm before the ED officials took him to the their headquarters at Nariman Point. The ED officials also inspected documents related to alleged hawala transactions.
He was further questioned about his alleged money laundering deals and put under arrests around midnight.
Ali has been charged under various Sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Sources said searches were carried out at the premises of Khan and his associates at Pune, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
In Kolkata, searches were conducted at the residence of businessman Kashinath Taparia. ED sources said Taparia was an alleged aide of Khan but Taparia claimed he had no "partnership" with him at all.
The previous searches at Khan`s Koregaon Park home in Pune were in January 2007 when the Income Tax department had raided the premises.