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Oil-for-Food scam: ED quizzes Natwar's kin

Aditya Khanna on Monday returned from London and was immediately whisked by the ED officials for questioning.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 15:59 IST

Aditya Khanna on Monday returned from London and was immediately whisked by the ED officials for questioning in connection with the oil-for-food scam.

Aditya Khanna is a relative of former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh.

Khanna arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by a Virgin Atlantic flight where the Enforcement Directorate sleuths, who apparently had a prior knowledge of his returning, were waiting for him.

Khanna, a Non-Resident Indian who runs a restaurant in London, was immediately taken away by the ED officials for questioning in connection with the alleged payments he received from Masefields, the company which got contracts in the scam.

The ED has alleged that the funds received from Masefields in his bank account in London were later transferred to a bank in Delhi from where it was given to alleged Indian beneficiaries. The probe agency is trying to ascertain from Khanna about these transactions particularly the end users of these funds.

The ED is also trying to find out from him about some documents procured by the probe agency from an unnamed foreign destination, which showed connection between Masefield and Hamdan exports, owned by his partner Andleep Sehghal. Sehghal was questioned about these documents on Sunday last.

Khanna had managed to slip to UK earlier this month despite a Letter of Cancellation issued against his passport. His father, Vipin Khanna, was detained on April 9 while he was trying to leave for UK and told in clear terms by the ED that he could not leave the country until Aditya returned from abroad.