The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday got three more days of custody of Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan for further interrogation in an alleged case of stashing away billions of dollars in overseas bank accounts.
The special court is trying the cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. While seeking Khan's custody, ED officials said they want to confront the businessman with certain disclosures made by Congress leader Amlendu Pandey, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh and one KC Singh.
The ED officials said they have questioned Pandey, Iqbal Singh and KC Singh about Khan obtaining a fake passport from the Patna passport office.
Khan's lawyer, IP Bagaria, said they will cooperate with the investigation. “We consented to the three day custody,” said Bagaria.
In keeping with the directive from justice RC Chavan of the Bombay high court, Khan has also filed bail application before the special court.
Justice Chavan on Friday had asked Khan to seek bail from the special court before approaching the higher court.
In his bail application, Khan has claimed that no case for money laundering had been made out against him from the documents submitted by the ED, and so, he should be granted bail.
The special court has kept Khan's bail application for hearing on May 4.
The businessman has been accused of allegedly depositing billions of dollars in foreign banks with the help of Kolkata-based businessman Kashinath Tapuriah.
Pandey is suspected to have helped Khan in procuring the fake passport from Patna.