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Ensure Ali doesn't leave India: SC to govt

delhi Updated: Feb 11, 2011 00:51 IST
Bhadra Sinha
Bhadra Sinha
Hindustan Times
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The Supreme Court on Thursday told the government to ensure that Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan does not leave the country and is available to face prosecution.

Khan is one of the prime suspects in the case of black money in foreign banks.

A bench comprising justices B Sudershan Reddy and SS Nijjar conveyed this to solicitor general Gopal Subramanium during the hearing of Ram Jethmalani's petition seeking a direction to the government to bring black money back to the country.

The bench made the statement when Surbamanium informed it that the government was taking necessary steps against Khan. It also sought to know from the SG whether Khan, also a stud farm owner, could be made a party to the proceedings before it and fixed March 3 for further hearing. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/11_02_11_metro-10.jpg

Assuring the court that the Centre would reveal the names of the persons who have stashed black money in foreign accounts, Subramanium said he would do so once a case is registered against them.

"The names would be made public after we register the case," he added.

Jethmalani's counsel, senior advocate Anil Divan, however, alleged that the government wasn't taking effective steps.

He referred to a recent article in which it was reported that Letters Rogatory (LR) were issued to authorities of five countries, UAE, UK, USA, Singapore and Hong Kong, seeking information regarding black money and submitted that the government hadn't done anything more.

Subramanium accepted that LRs were issued and that the government has initiated "remarkable" steps in the case.

He placed a sealed envelope before the court, saying it contained all the information.

Jethmalani has alleged before the SC that the government was reluctant about sharing information about Khan who has apparently stashed away Rs 36,000 crore in UBS bank.

He contended the government was not serious about taking action against him.

The Enforcement Directorate hasn't made any progress despite starting a probe two years ago, he added.