Initiating fresh action in the alleged money laundering and black money case against businessman Hasan Ali Khan, the Enforcement Directorate yesterday conducted searches across six cities and seized Rs 26 lakh in cash and documents.
The agency, which has booked Pune-based Khan and few of his alleged associates under criminal charges of money laundering in 2011, swooped down on a total of 12 premises in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Hyderabad. In Pune and Mumbai they searched Khan’s residences in posh areas of Koregaon Park and Peddar Road respectively.
Sources said the action against Khan and his other associates in the case has come about after a two-year lull as the agency wants to revive the case and bring to light additional evidences so that a trial against him in a Mumbai court could be initiated and a verdict is obtained.
Khan’s lawyer Prashant Patil said, “There is no prima facie case against Hasan Ali Khan. Government agencies since 2007 have not been able to find a single piece of evidence to frame him and so they are just harassing him. Somebody has to be held accountable for this draconian execution of power.”