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Charge sheet in Hasan Ali case will be filed within a month: Police

Debasish Panigrahi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 15, 2011
First Published: 01:47 IST(15/3/2011) | Last Updated: 01:48 IST(15/3/2011)

The police on Monday claimed that the charge sheet in a forgery case, involving alleged multi-millionaire tax evader Hasan Ali Khan, is likely to be filed within a month’s time.

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“Our investigation is on. We hope to wrap up our work in a month’s time and file a charge sheet in the case,” said Vineet Agarwal, additional commissioner of police, central region.

On March 9, the Hindustan Times had reported on the delay in filing the charge sheet in the case against Khan, which was registered with the Worli police in December 2008. When asked about the reason for this delay, Agarwal had said he would expedite the investigation so as to ensure timely filing of the charge sheet.

On Monday, Agarwal said that officers from the Worli police station have been sent to the passport offices at Hyderabad and Patna to collect information and documents relevant to the case against Ali.

“We will rely on secondary evidence, if we don’t obtain primary (hard) evidence against Ali,” he said, amid speculations that most of the papers submitted by Ali in procuring multiple passports were missing 

The Worli police had arrested Khan on December 15, 2008,  for forgery, cheating and procuring fake passports. The case was registered in February that year. Khan was later released on bail. The police had said that Khan had lost his original passport, issued by the regional passport office at Hyderabad in 2006, when he was in England. The Indian High Commission’s office gave him a fresh passport valid for a year.

Khan travelled to  Switzerland and Canada with that passport before finally applying for a new passport at Pune. The police found that Khan had two other passports, one issued in Mumbai and the other at Patna.

Both were allegedly procured by submitting two sets of documents. The law does not allow one person to hold more than one passport.

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