Black money: Enforcement Directorate gets Hasan Ali Khan for 4 days

The Supreme Court on Thursday remanded Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan -- accused of stashing black money abroad -- in the Enforcement Directorate's custody for four days.

Earlier a Mumbai court had rejected the ED's plea for custodial interrogation of Hasan Ali Khan, forcing the Enforcement Directorate to move the Supreme Court.

A Bench of Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar took up the matter at 2 pm.

The Bench had earlier chided the Centre for failing to subject Khan and other alleged money launderers to custodial interrogation.

In pursuant of the apex court's direction, the ED had moved a remand application before the court of Principal Sessions Judge M L Tahaliyani on March 11, which, however, rejected the Directorate's plea on the ground that the agency could not gather sufficient material in justification of its plea.

On March 11, the ED had suffered a major setback when judge Tahaliyani rejected its plea for Khan's 14-day custodial interrogation and granted him bail after observing contents of some of its "confidential" documents were "available in Wikipedia".

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.

While rejecting the ED's remand application, judge Tahaliyani had observed that had it had failed to back its charges in a money laundering case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

"No material evidence has been presented by the ED that shows any scheduled offence has been committed by Khan," Tahaliyani had observed, ordering that Khan be enlarged on conditional bail.

He, however, barred Khan from leaving the city for the next five days during which he was directed to report to the ED office every day.

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