The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has alleged that Rheema Khan, the second wife of Pune businessman Hasan Ali Khan who was arrested for money laundering, was trying to intimidate its officials with letters sent through her lawyer.
D Shanmugham, assistant director of the ED, has filed an affidavit in response to a petition filed by Khan, stating that she was also causing obstruction in the ongoing investigation.
Khan has moved the high court seeking quashing of the Enforcement Case Information Report lodged by the ED against 13 persons, including her, contending that there was no prima facie case for proceeding ahead against her under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002. Her counsel, IA Bagaria, claimed that no offence was made out against the prime accused [Khan] himself, under PMLA.
Shanmugham, however, stated that the petition was premature, as investigation was still in progress. The affidavit adds that Hasan Ali Khan purchased properties worth Rs 16.32 crore through cash transactions, some of which were in Rheema’s name.