Speed up probe against Hassan Ali, demand MPs

A strong demand was made in Lok Sabha on Tuesday for pushing with greater zeal the probe against suspected economic offender Hassan Ali.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 16:31 PM IST

New Delhi: A strong demand was made in Lok
Sabha on Tuesday for pushing with greater zeal the probe against
suspected economic offender Hassan Ali, with a member
questioning if there was "political pressure" on investigating
agencies to go soft on him.

The issue was raised by CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta, who
said credibility of investigating agencies like the
Enforcement Directorate (ED) had come under a cloud after Ali
was released on bail with a rap by the court for "home work"
not being done properly.

He wanted a statement from the government on the "serious"
issue which has "dangerous implications" as Ali was said to be
linked to international arms dealers and terrorists.

Dasgupta noted that Ali was arrested recently only after
the Supreme Court asked why there has been no custodial
interrogation so far.

"We keep targeting the CBI and other agencies for working
under political pressure. Now the courts are saying so," the
CPI member said amid chants of `shame, shame` by opposition
members.

He questioned whether Ali was a "frontman" for some
powerful person as "deliberately a soft case" was being
pressed against him.

Noting that the court has said the "case was weak" and
"documents were fabricated", Dasgupta wondered whether ED was
"incapable of proving the charges" against Ali.

"Is there any political pressure on agencies not to act
against Ali? This is a dangerous situation," he said, adding,
"I wish the government makes a statement...It is good for the
government to come clean."

He said some documents of the ED against Ali were also
found on the internet. "This is a serious situation because
it brings the government under suspicion," he said.

He was supported by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam
Singh Yadav, who said the hefty tax penalty on Ali itself
showed that there was something wrong.

Yadav said whether the tax liability of Ali, the
53-year-old Pune-based businessman and stud farm owner, was Rs
50 crore or Rs 50,000 crore, the issue was serious and needed
to be probed.

"Government should take action. It should also make it
clear as to how much is the penalty imposed on him," he said,
seeking a statement from the government.

The SP leader asked why the investigating agencies were
not seriously pursuing cases against Ali when no leader of his
party was spared by the CBI.

PTI