Police seize documents from passport office in Hasan Ali case

Bihar police seized documents from the Regional Passport Office here relating to issuance of passport on a fake address to Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, arrested on charges of money laundering and huge tax evasion.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 23:48 PM IST

Patna: Bihar police on Thursday seized
documents from the Regional Passport Office here relating to
issuance of passport on a fake address to Pune-based
businessman Hasan Ali Khan, arrested on charges of money
laundering and huge tax evasion.

"We visited the office of the RPO here and seized all
the documents, including 97 files relating to the passport
issued to Khan," city Superintendent of Police Shivdip Lande said.

Police also questioned RPO Anand Kumar on the basis
for issuance of passport to Khan, he said.

RPO Anand Kumar said, "We have handed over the
original files and documents relating to the case following
approval from the Union External Affairs Ministry."

Earlier, police had approached the RPO seeking the
original documents pertaining to the case but had "failed to
comply with it in the absence of approval from the ministry
since the case is being probed by the Enforcement
Directorate," he said.

"We got the ministry`s approval on March 18 and
subsequently, we wrote to the Senior Superintendent of Police
requesting him to depute a officer of not less than SP rank to
collect the original documents and files," he said.

Earlier, ED, which is probing the black money case,
raided the residence of AICC member and Congress spokesperson
Amlendu Pandey.

Lande said police would continue to probe how Khan,
accused of stashing away billions of dollars abroad, got a
passport from Patna on a fake address.

The RPO in Patna had lodged an FIR last year against
Khan for submitting fake residential proof.

In his passport application, Khan had given Pathantoli
locality in Alamganj area in Patna as his address and Belsand
village in Sitamarhi district as the permanent address,
official sources said.

PTI