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Actor quizzed on whereabouts of ‘quack’

mumbai Updated: Nov 06, 2009 01:31 IST
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The Versova police have questioned Bollywood actor-director Aditya Panscholi on the whereabouts of self-styled Ayurveda doctor Munir Khan who is accused to defrauding pati-ents and making crores of rupees.

Talking to HT, Panscholi denied any knowledge of here Khan was. “My mother, a cancer patient, was in critical state for which I consulted Khan in September last year. I was touched by his gesture of attending to us as even though there was large queue at his clinic, and later, he even came home to treat her,” said Panscholi adding that they later became friends.

“I do not blame him for her death [in October last year] as she was already undergoing treatment at Nanavati hospital. I have no knowledge of his whereabouts and the police might have called me for inquiry as I was his friend,” he added.

“Panscholi, being a friend of Khan, we suspect that he might be aware of Khan’s hideouts,” said KMM Prasanna, deputy commissioner of police, Zone IX.

The police suspect Khan was hiding in Mumbai and had alerted all airports in a bid to trap him.

“On an average, around 500 patients used to consult him everyday and he used to earn around Rs 75 to 80 lakh a day. Through the documents seized from his clinic, it was learnt that he had paid income tax of Rs 125 crore last year,” Prasanna said.

“So far, around 100 victims have approached the police,” Prasanna added.

Khan, who claimed to be a world famous scientist, has several cases of cheating and violation of Food and Drug Administration norms registered against him. The Income Tax department had also raided his posh, two-floor office on Yari Road, Versova, earlier this year. Police said Khan had made a fortune selling medicines that he claimed could cure all diseases from a common cold to cancer and AIDS.