A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on Monday summoned Rheema Khan, wife of Pune businessman Hasan Ali Khan, who was arrested in March this year for allegedly on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.
The special court ordered Rheema to appear before it on July 20 and remain present before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on July 12, between 11am and 2pm.
Rheema was summoned after the agency moved the court on June 21 saying that despite repeated summons, she (Rheema) had failed to appear.
Following this, the court directed Rheema to remain present on Monday.
However, on Monday Rheema’s lawyer sought more time for her to remain present before the court following which the court passed the order.
The ED claimed that the agency needed to probe Hasan Ali’s wife in connection with the alleged multi-crore money laundering and tax evasion scam for which her husband and his Kolkata-based associate Kashinath Tapuriah are also being investigated.
The agency alleged that Khan and Tapuriah had stashed $93 million in foreign banks, of which a large chunk was obtained through the sale of weapons.
Accused of money laundering and tax evasion, Khan has also been booked under the Passport Act for allegedly possessing six passports, which he obtained by submitting forged documents. The special court had earlier rejected Khan and Tapuriah’s bail application on July 1. The two are presently in judicial custody.