Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan on Wednesday told the Bombay high court that he has been made a 'scapegoat' by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to "cover up their inaction".
"Hasan was available for questioning from 2002, when an enquiry was initiated against him but nothing was done. On March 4, the Supreme Court raised the issue of black money and sought an action taken report from the Enforcement Directorate. To cover up their inaction, the agency on March 7 arrested Hasan," his counsel IA Bagaria argued.
Justice AM Thipsay was hearing the bail application filed by Hasan, facing charges of multi-crore money laundering and tax evasion.
Alleging mala fide intentions on part of ED, Bagaria said, "The agency is trying to pressurise the lower courts by stating that the Supreme Court is supervising the probe."
The arguments will continue on Thursday.
The ED in its affidavit had opposed the bail plea stating that Hasan had links with international arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi, and investigations have revealed a conspiracy to commit offences against the security and safety of the country.