In a setback to the state government, the Bombay High Court rejected its application seeking cancellation of Pune builder Hassan Ali’s bail.
Justice D G Karnik on Friday rejected the government’s appeal seeking cancellation of Ali’s bail to investigate his alleged links with international arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.
In December 2008, Ali surrendered before a metropolitan magistrate after he was declared a wanted accused for possessing fake passports. The Worli police station had registered an FIR against Ali on a complaint filed by the Enforcement
Directorate (ED) alleging that he possessed more than one passport bearing different addresses.
According to the ED, Ali acquired a passport from Hyderabad in 1986, showing his address as Panjupatta, Hyderabad, in Andhra Pradesh. He traveled to London on this passport.
He later got another passport from Pune, in which he listed his address as Koregaon Park, Pune.
He reportedly has another passport with a Chembur, Mumbai, address on it, and two others acquired from Patna, the ED claimed. On January 2, 2009, a Sewree sessions judge released him on bail against a surety of Rs 1 lakh.
In April 2009, the state moved the HC saying it needed to investigate, and that there is the possibility that he has several other passports. The ED claimed its investigation had revealed he has links with Khashoggi.
Saying bail at that stage, when he was still in the country, was tenable, the ED argued that, “it is possible he may acquire another passport and abscond.”