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Hasan Ali stalling probe, ED tells court

Hasan Ali Khan, the Pune stud farm owner under arrest on money laundering charge, is "stalling" the investigations by not disclosing details of transactions in his foreign accounts, the Enforcement Directorate has told a court.



Mumbai: Hasan Ali Khan, the Pune stud farm
owner under arrest on money laundering charge, is "stalling"
the investigations by not disclosing details of transactions
in his foreign accounts, the Enforcement Directorate has told
a court.

In its remand application submitted to the court, the ED
has said though Khan had admitted to have opened a large
number of foreign accounts, he did not explain why these were
opened and what transactions took place.

The sessions court is likely to take up the application
for extension of Khan`s judicial custody tomorrow.
The document claimed Khan had also admitted to have dealt
with antique jewellery belonging to the family of the
erstwhile Nizam of Hyderabad and earned Rs 40 to Rs 50 lakh.
However, he has not divulged the details of the source of
these antiques which needed to be probed further, it said.

The ED said co-accused Kashinath Tapuriah had said Khan
had informed him that he had lockers in UBS, Zurich,
containing a lot of antique jewellery, some of which were very
rare. Philip Anandraj, an aide of Khan, had also said Khan had
told him that he had a locker at the UBS and asked him
(Anandraj) if he could obtain another one in the same bank
so that he could transfer the contents in the new locker.
The ED also said it has summoned Amelndu Kumar Pandey,
a Congress politician from Bihar, who allegedly helped Khan
obtain passport from Patna passport office by fabricating
documents. Summons to Pandey has already been sent and he is
likely to appear on April 14.

"It is necessary to confront Khan with Pandey to unearth
the transactions undertaken by Khan in Singapore and the
reasons for obtaining a second passport from Patna."

PTI

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