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Hasan Ali Khan’s custody extended

A sessions court on Wednesday extended the judicial custody of Pune businessman Hasan Ali Khan till April 26, when his bail application is expected to come up for hearing.

mumbai Updated: Apr 14, 2011 02:06 IST
HT Correspondent

A sessions court on Wednesday extended the judicial custody of Pune businessman Hasan Ali Khan till April 26, when his bail application is expected to come up for hearing.

While seeking extension of Khan’s judicial custody, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) told the court that Khan had obtained passports on the basis of forged or fabricated documents from the office of regional passports in Patna and Mumbai.

The offences registered were scheduled under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the ED said, adding that it had taken up the matter with the Mumbai police and were awaiting a reply from them.

The ED stated that Khan’s aide Kashinath Tapuriah, in his statement, said that Khan had arranged for a passport in Mumbai through one Prakash Mahtani, as the transfer of funds from his account in UBS to a new account in SBC Bank Singapore had not taken place with the validity period of the passport issued at Patna being questioned.

The ED also apprehended that Khan might flee the country if released on bail.

The central agency also told the court that Khan has acquaintances in Singapore, UAE, Switzerland, UK and USA and if released on bail he may tamper with or destroy the evidence by using these acquaintances.

Meanwhile, Tapuriah’s judicial custody ends on April 15 and his bail application will be heard on April 19.

Police still to file charge sheet in passport forgery case

Debasish Panigrahi
mumbai: The police on Wednesday said the charge sheet in the alleged passport forgery case against India’s biggest tax evader Hasan Ali Khan would “take some more time” to be filed. This is in contrast to the assurance by the police exactly a month ago that the all important charge sheets would be filed in a month’s time.

Additional commissioner of police Vineet Agarwal said, on Wednesday, that the delay was on account of the fact that the investigation in the case was still on. “We will take some more time to file the charge sheet,” Agarwal said. Asked whether the police had specified a timeframe for filing the charge sheet, Agarwal said, “It all depends on the progress of the investigation.”

A month ago, Agarwal (March 14) had told this newspaper that the Worli police, which is investigating the case, was likely to wrap up the investigation in a month’s time and file the charge sheet.

It may be recalled that on March 9, HT had reported on the delay in filing the charge sheet in the case against Khan, which was registered with the Worli police back in February 2008. Khan was arrested in December that year.

Meanwhile, Agarwal said officers from the Worli police station who had visited the passport offices in Hyderabad and Patna to collect information and documents relevant to the case against Khan almost a month ago, returned with the information.

Khan was arrested by the Worli police on December 15, 2008 in a case of forgery, cheating and procuring passports by faking documents, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Indian Passport Act.

The police said Ali had lost his original passport, which had been issued by the Hyderabad regional passport office, in 2006 while in England.

Links with Russian being probed

Manish Pachouly
mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate is working on Hasan Ali Khan’s and his associate Kashinath Tapuriah’s links with the Russian tycoon as it had got information that Khan had diverted money for the Russian. The agency had got information that Tapuriah had worked out the deal with the Russian and Khan executed it.

Khan had earlier maintained that he had lost his Indian passport on June 28, 2003. He had also stated loss of passport as the reason before the Indian embassy in London while filing an application for a new one on June 30, 2003. The new passport was issued to him on July 10, 2003.

The ED has got some fresh leads about two monetary transfers from Khan’s account in SBC Bank, Singapore, to a bank account in Russia. The ED has found that these transfers took place at the instance of Tapuriah.

The official said $11 million (Rs49.5 crore) and $7 million (Rs31.5 crore) were transferred from Khan’s account to an account in a Russian bank. ED found that Tapuriah had taken the help of one Sharma in Singapore to open the bank account in Khan’s name in SBC Bank. Sharma had taken the help of one Vishwanath, a bank staff member, to open the account.