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No foreign bank account: Rheema

mumbai Updated: Aug 12, 2011 01:52 IST
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Rheema Khan, wife of Pune businessman Hasan Ali Khan who has been arrested for alleged money laundering and is believed to have stashed more than 8 billion dollars in foreign banks, claimed before the Bombay high court on Thursday that she does not have any bank account in a foreign country.

“I (Rheema Khan) am sought to be prosecuted for holding bank accounts in foreign countries,” her counsel, IA Bagaria told the high court.

“I am ready and willing to accompany Enforcement Directorate officials, wherever they claim to have found an account in a foreign country in my name. I am giving them the authority to withdraw whatever they find in those accounts,” the lawyer added.

Bagaria stated that this would be the best possible way for her to assist the ongoing ED investigation.

Responding to the contention, ED counsel Revati Mohite-Dere said that Bagaria could not tell the agency how to investigate matters, and it was the agency’s prerogative completely.

The division bench, of justice BH Marlapalle and justice UD Salvi said: “You are not a witness in the case, you are an accused. You have to merely answer thequestions put forth to you.”