I am being made a scapegoat by ED: Hasan Ali

Last Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 00:50

Mumbai: Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali
Khan on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that he has been made a
`scapegoat` by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to "cover up
their inaction".

"Hasan was available for questioning from 2002, when
an enquiry was initiated against him but nothing was done. On
March 4, the Supreme Court raised the issue of black money and
sought an action taken report from the Enforcement
Directorate. To cover up their inaction, the agency on March 7
arrested Hasan," his counsel I A Bagaria argued.

Justice A M Thipsay was hearing the bail application
filed by Hasan, facing charges of multi-crore money laundering
and tax evasion.
Alleging mala fide intentions on part of ED, Bagaria
said, "The agency is trying to pressurise the lower courts by
stating that the Supreme Court is supervising the probe."

The arguments will continue tomorrow.
The ED in its affidavit had opposed the bail plea
stating that Hasan had links with international arms dealer,
Adnan Khashoggi, and investigations have revealed a conspiracy
to commit offences against the security and safety of the
country.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 00:50

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