Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hasan aide held, Bihar passport office raided

Mumbai/Patna: Investigations into the Hasan Ali money laundering case gained momentum on Thursday with the ED arresting his businessman-associate Kashinath Tapuria while police raided the Bihar Regional Passport Office and seized some documents relating to issuance of fake passport to the stud-farm owner. The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the case involving the Pune-based businessman, yesterday raided the residence of AICC member and Congress spokesman Amlendu Pandey in connection with the investigations, according to an ED official.
Tapuria, who is based in Kolkata, was arrested in Mumbai after three days of questioning, ED sources said. He has earlier denied having any links with Hasan Ali Khan.
Tapuria was later produced before a Mumbai sessions court which remanded him in ED custody till March 30. Khan's chartered accountant Sunil Shinde has also been asked to appear before the ED for questioning, ED sources said. The ED had conducted searches at his residence in Pune on Wednesday.
Khan has been accused of stashing huge amounts of black money in banks abroad. He is also facing a Rs 70,000-crore tax demand notice from the Income-Tax department. The I-T department has raised a tax demand of Rs 591 crore against Tapuria and Rs 20,540 crore against his wife.
In Patna, City Superintendent of Police Shivdip Lande told PTI, “Police raided the office of the Regional Passport Officer here and seized some documents relating to the passport issued to Ali.”
The police also probed the Regional Passport Officer Anand Kumar, he said. Lande said the police would continue to probe how Khan got a passport from Patna on a fake address. PTI

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