Khan may flee the country, says ED while opposing bail plea

Enforcement Directorate has opposed the bail plea of the Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan in its reply filed before the sessions court here, saying, among other things, that he may flee the country if released.

Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 21:42 PM IST

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has
opposed the bail plea of the Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan in its reply filed before the sessions court here on Wednesday, saying, among other things, that he may flee the
country if released.

The court will hear the bail application on April 26.

As per the ED, Kolkata-based businessman Kashinath
Tapuria stated during the questioning that Khan had told him
that he (Khan) was procuring a passport from Mumbai, through
one Prakash Mehtani.
Tapuriah allegedly told ED that the transfer of funds
from Khan`s account in the Swiss bank UBS to his new account
in SBC Singapore had not taken place within the validity
period of passport issued at Patna, and (therefore) he was
getting a new passport in Mumbai.

The agency also says that if Khan is released, he may
flee the country.

Khan is in contact with a large number of persons abroad,
both foreigners and those of Indian origin, connected with
foreign banks, ED`s reply says. "Inspite of questioning, the
true role of Khan`s links with them is not revealed."
The ED also says that Khan has acquaintances in
Singapore, UAE, Switzerland, UK and USA, and if released on
bail, he may tamper with or destroy the evidence,using his
foreign contacts.

Tapuria`s judicial custody will end on April 15, and his
bail application would be heard on April 19. The ED has also
sought permission to question Tapuria in the Arthur Road jail,
where he is lodged.

In another development, film producer and builder Yusuf
Lakdawala appeared before the ED in connection with the case
today.

Khan, accused of stashing away billions of dollars in
foreign banks, was arrested by ED last month. Now he is in
judicial custody.

PTI