New Delhi: Alleged Hawala operator and Kanpur-based meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi has been a frequent visitor to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Ranjit Sinha's residence in the national capital, a news report said on Wednesday.
According to a report in DNA, incumbent CBI chief Ranjit Sinha met Qureshi at least 90 times in the last 15 months. It is believed that the two seem to be family friends as Qureshi's wife Nasreen is also a frequent visitor to Sinha's residence.
Nasreen visited Sinha’s residence at least five times, the DNA reoprted.
All this information was revealed after DNA accessed visitor's diary from the CBI director's residence at 2, Janpath.
The Kanpur-based meat exporter hogged into limelight earlier this year after continuous raids and survey by the I-T department on Qureshi's alleged business activities, which exposed his links with cabinet ministers and a political leader believed to be very close to 10 Janpath.
According to sources, the department seized over Rs 6 crores in cash and 20 lockers in the name of Qureshi's employees during its first raid. Later during interrogation, Qureshi is said to have admitted that lockers belonged to him which had huge cash deposit.
Interestingly, a Zee Media expose in the month of June claimed that Sinha was probing the extent of Qureshi`s relationship with the investigating agency`s former and present top officials.
The I-T department, which began tracking Qureshi`s phone calls since December 2012, claims to have 500 hours of telephonic transcripts of the Kanpur businessman which allegedly show his links with former CBI chief AP Singh.
Sources had then claimed that former CBI director AP Singh had introduced Qureshi to the elite social circles of New Delhi.
In the 520 hours of call recordings, names of four cabinet ministers, a political leader allegedly very close to 10 Janpath and many big corporates linked to 2G scam have surfaced, as per sources.
The 520 hours phone recordings in digital format is stored in DGIT office at Jhandewalan.
Qureshi has seen phenomenal growth in his wealth in the last decade. His meat export business AMQ Agro India has posted a turnover of Rs 167 crore which, as per the IT department, is less than the actual wealth.
Qureshi has also deflated his actual wealth on paper as his bank account transactions in London and Dubai are not concomitant with his disclosed income, as per the IT dept.
According to the source, a former CBI director had rented out his house (C-134, Defence Colony), registered in his mother's name to Moin Qureshi for office space. The bribe money, which the former CBI director received from a corporate named in 2G case, is allegedly routed by Qureshi via Dubai-London route.
During election campaign Narendra Modi had attacked Qureshi while addressing an election rally in Akbarpur on April 18 and said, “Shouldn’t the truth come out?” Eight days later, Modi escalated his attack and alleged that conversations of persons who had “close links” with 10 Janpath, the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, figured in the telephone calls intercepted by the I-T department. The BJP leader had alleged that Qureshi has strong ties with 10 Janpath and senior Congress leaders, including Kapil Sibal.
57-year-old Qureshi got into business through a small abattoir in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh in 1993 and went on to expand his business through his contacts with high-profile persons.
Qureshi’s daughter Pernia is married to London-based chartered accountant Ajith Prasad’s son Arjun, a close relative of former Union Minister of State Jitin Prasada.
A Doon school alumnus and president of its old boys’ society, Qureshi is known to have started 25 companies since 1993, with AMQ Agro, which exports animal gut, being the flagship firm. Filings with the Registrar of Companies show that seven of his companies deal in real estate and have non-descript activities with a low paid-up capital base. He is also into construction, among others, and daughter Pernia runs a fashion store.