Hasan Ali's wife told to appear before ED

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    Hasan Ali's wife told to appear before ED
    India - 29 July 2011

    MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Thursday directed the wife of Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, arrested for alleged money laundering, to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for recording of her statement.

    A division bench of Justices B H Marlapalle and U D Salvi was hearing a petition filed by Khan's wife, Rheema, seeking to quash the proceedings initiated against her under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The judges said they cannot entertain the petition when the Supreme Court is monitoring the investigations. "Today we cannot grant you any relief as the topmost court of this country is seized of the matter," said Justice Marlapalle. Rheema also asked that the directorate be restrained from taking coercive steps against her. "What do you mean by coercive action? It means arrest," asked an amused Justice Marlapalle.

    Rheema's advocate I A Bagaria argued his client is being harassed because she is Khan's wife. "I am shown as a suspect when I have not committed any offence. Inclusion of my name is void ab initio," she said.

    Additional Solicitor-General Darius Khambata said, "We have issued 23 summons to this lady. She has come just once in 2009." He said the special court, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, had directed Rheema to appear before the agency on Thursday. "Why don't you cooperate with the investigations," asked Justice Marlapalle. Bagaria then submitted that Rheema will appear before the ED.

    The judges directed Rheema to appear before ED between 3-5 pm on Friday and on August 1, 3 and 5. The judges said Rheema will be permitted an escort to accompany her and wait outside the room while her statement is recorded alone. They also directed compliance of SC's order by ED for audiography and videography during recording.

    Bagaria argued that since the SC has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case, ED is no longer competent to probe it. To a query from the court whether the SIT has been set up, Khambata replied that a notification will be issued soon.

    The judge has directed ED to file a reply to Rheema's petition within two weeks and adjourned the matter until then.



    Source: The Times of India
     
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    High Court questions Hasan Ali's source of wealth
    India - 29 July 2011

    MUMBAI: The Bombay high court today questioned the source of wealth of Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, arrested in a money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

    "From where did he (Hasan) get so much money? Is it his or someone else's? No person can amass so much money through any decent activity. He must have committed some other offence (apart from what he has been arrested for)," Justice A M Thipsay said while hearing his bail plea.

    Earlier, Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambatta, appearing for the ED, had submitted information about the transactions allegedly made by Hasan and his aide Kashinath Tapuriah (also arrested in this case) with international arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.

    "ED has more than prima facie evidence against Hasan now. He has financed Khashoggi on several occasions. Although he has admitted to ED that he has several accounts in foreign banks, he has not yet revealed from where he got such a huge amount," he said.

    To the court's question what prevents the ED from getting records of accounts from the foreign banks, Khambatta said, "Letters Rogatory have been issued to several countries seeking information and replies are awaited."

    Justice Thipsay also asked if the agency had any other evidence, other than Hasan's statements, to prove the transactions through foreign accounts.

    "What an accused says may not be the best evidence. There has to be documents to substantiate the allegations," the court remarked.

    Khambatta said the agency had already collected several notarised documents to prove the transactions.

    The court will continue the hearing on Monday.



    Source: Press Trust of India
     

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