The Supreme Court on Tuesday mulled the possibility of invoking terror charges against Pune-based stud-farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is accused of money-laundering and stashing black money in tax havens. Khan is alleged to have links with arm-dealers and persons involved in terror activities.
A bench of justices Sudershan B Reddy and SS Nijjar asked solicitor general Gopal Subramanium to consider slapping stringent penal charges under the terror law against Khan and said the next status report by enforcement directorate (ED) would be signed by the director. The court gave the ED 10 days to file the report and fixed March 18 as the next date of hearing.
It also directed Subramanium to examine if the cases registered against Khan for possessing about 100 fake passports could be probed by the CBI. It expressed displeasure over the manner in which the passport cases against Khan were proceeding.
The court's directions came during the hearing of a plea filed by counsel Ram Jethmalani seeking orders to bring back black money stashed in foreign countries.
SC had on March 3 pulled up the ED for failing to arrest Khan despite a pending inquiry against him. Following the observations , ED swung into action and arrested Khan on Monday and subjected to a grilling session.
Apprising the bench about the arrest, Subramanium said the court's concern during the last hearing was justified. He told the court that at his request the director of ED has started supervising the probe personally.
1 day in remand
The SC also remanded Khan in ED custody for a day. The ED will look into deals and transactions to trace the money-laundering route.
“The ED will also probe whether Hasan Ali, who was keen on buying a property in Switzerland with the help of an arms dealer, invested any money or not,” a source said.