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HC asks Hasan Ali to approach special court

Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan failed to get reprieve from the Bombay high court on Friday. The court asked him to approach the special court, trying cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, for bail.

mumbai Updated: Apr 30, 2011 02:00 IST
HT Correspondent

Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan failed to get reprieve from the Bombay high court on Friday. The court asked him to approach the special court, trying cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, for bail.

Khan was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on February 7 for allegedly laundering money.

Additional solicitor general Darius Khambata, representing the ED, told the court that they would be filing the charge sheet within a few days.

The ED has sought three more days of Khan’s custody for interrogation so they can complete the process of filing charge sheet at the earliest.

The court was irked by the fact that, before the hearing began, Khan did not inform that he had withdrawn his bail application from the special court.

“I was under the impression that your (Khan’s) bail application was rejected by the lower court and then you approached the high court,” said justice RC Chavan.

The court said in its order: “After wasting a lot of court’s time, it is noticed that the Supreme Court had asked the applicant (Khan) to approach the special court for bail.”

The court refused to accept Khan's arguments that he withdrew bail application from the special court because no public prosecutor was appointed for that court.

Justice Chavan said that it was the judge's call.

“In case of this kind, ordinarily Union (government) or the prosecuting agency would not allow its case to go by default. The argument is thoroughly unsustainable,” observed the court.

“The matter is in the Supreme Court on May 3 and the investigation is at the crucial stage. He is in judicial custody at present but we have sought for his custody for three more days for interrogation,” said Khambata.

Khambata said that Khan was influential person and has contacts with several persons in India and abroad.

“The entire case is based on documents. If released on bail, then he may use his contacts to clear his name,” added Khambata.

ED seeks permission to grill Hasan Ali

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday moved the special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act to seek permission to question Hasan Ali Khan for three days.

The Enforcement Directorate’s move comes following questioning of Bihar Congress leader Amlendu Pandey, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh and one KC Singh.

The ED wants to confront Khan with the disclosures made by the three. Khan is presently in judicial custody.