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SC poser to Centre on Hassan Ali Khan

The Supreme Court on Wednesday wondered whether the Centre had enough evidence to nail Pune-based stud farm owner Hassan Ali Khan who faces the charge of money laundering.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday wondered
whether the Centre had enough evidence to nail Pune-based stud
farm owner Hassan Ali Khan who faces the charge of money
laundering.

During the brief hearing of Khan`s bail plea, a bench of
justices Altamas Kabir and S S Nijjar said the accused may be
charged for other offences under the Income Tax Act and the
Passport Act.
"We are bogged down by the huge amount. There are only
vague allegations but there is nothing to link him," the
bench said after Addiitonal Solicitor General Harin Rawal said
granting bail to Khan would only enable him to flee the
country.

Rawal said government had sufficient evidence to prove
that Khan had several foreign accounts and illegal money to
the tune of over 93 million dollars stashed abroad.

He said a letter rogatory had been sent to several
countries for obtaining more information on his allegedly
illegal money said to be part of money laundering activities.

However, the bench was not convinced with the arguments
and said there was nothing in the prosecution`s records to
prove that the money was part of any money laundering
activity.

"May be you can prosecute him under other offences," the
bench said while adjourning the matter till Thursday.

The ASG, during the arguments, insisted government had
recorded confessional statements of Khan about the alleged
illegal money. The accsued has not so far retraced from the
confession, he said.

He further submitted the accused had two forged passports
and granting bail would only help him flee the country.

The apex court had on August 16 stayed the bail granted
to Khan by the Bombay High Court on August 12.
The court had passed the order on a petition filed by the
Enforcement Directorate challenging the high court`s order
granting bail to Khan who has been accused in various money
laundering cases.

At the last hearing, the apex court had ticked off Khan
for his alleged refusal to cooperate with the doctors for his
medical examination as he claimed multiple complications,
including renal failure, and sought treatment at a private
hospital.

"You are fond of liquor. You are fond of cigarettes and
you are fond of non-vegeterian food," the bench had said while
dealing with Khan`s plea for granting him at least an interim
bail on medical grounds. The Centre had submitted Khan was in
good health but was not cooperating with the authorities for
proper medical examination.

According to ED, "the documents reveal that Khan has huge
funds in his accounts to the extent of 800 million US dollars
with a bank outside India."

The agency, in its petition, alleged various transactions
led by Khan through his foreign bank accounts reveal his
association with international arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.

The high court had granted bail to Khan on August 12
after saying ED had failed to show the wealth amassed by
him was proceeds of crime.

ED had said Khan and his arrested accomplice Kashinath
Tapuriah had deep links with bank officials in the US,
Switzerland, Singapore, the UAE and other countries.

It had alleged that in 2003, USD 300 million was
apparently received by Khan from Khassogi from weapon sales.

PTI

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