Thursday, March 17, 2011

SC orders arrest of Hasan Ali, allows ED to question him for 4 days

The Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan in connection with a massive money laundering scam.
Hasan Ali, accused of stashing black money abroad, has been remanded in the Enforcement Directorate's custody for four days, during which he will be questioned. Stung by a Mumbai court's rejection of its plea for custodial interrogation of Hasan Ali Khan, the Enforcement Directorate had earlier today moved the apex court challenging refusal of its plea against the Pune-based stud farm owner.
A bench of justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar took up the plea at 2pm. The bench had earlier chided the Centre for failing to subject Khan and other alleged money launderers to custodial interrogation.
Khan is facing a Rs 70,000 crore tax demand notice from the Income-Tax Department as well as the ED probe.
The ED had arrested 53-year-old Khan on March 7 after being pulled up by the Supreme Court for its failure to ensure his custodial interrogation.

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