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MHA permits ED to quiz Puducherry Guv
New Delhi/ Mumbai, Apr 18 (Agencies/ IBNS):
Published on 18 Apr. 2011 10:42 PM IST
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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today sanctioned the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to initiate process to question Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Iqbal Singh in connection with his alleged links with Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who is facing charges of tax evasion.
MHA will send an application to the Prime Minister’s office, which would then be forwarded to the President for sanction, Times Now reports.
Iqbal Singh had on Sunday said he was willing to resign if asked to and emphasised that he had informed the Centre of the facts
He had earlier written a letter to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and termed the reports to be “false”.
Singh mentioned in the letter that he had recommended Khan’s case to the Ministry of External Affairs for issuance of passport on humanitarian grounds on the recommendation of a senior Congress leader but never met him.
“It is pertinent to mention here that I did not know the said applicant, H Khan at all, neither did I ever meet him. I only issued the letter for expeditious issue of his passport, believing the assertions of a known Congress leader, Amalendu Pandey, to the effect that his brother was not well, on purely humanitarian and compassionate grounds,” Singh mentioned in his letter.
The AIADMK had on Sunday demanded that the President recall Iqbal Singh, saying he had been facing “several controversies” ever since he assumed office in 2009 including the one relating to procurement of passport to Hasan Ali Khan.
“Since the name of the Lieutenant Governor has been linked to the person, the President should immediately recall Mr. Singh. The office of Lieutenant Governor is “sacrosanct and those occupying the post should be above suspicion,” AIADMK Puducherry Unit Secretary A. Anbalagan told a press conference.
“The Lieutenant Governor’s office should be beyond any doubt. If the Lieutenant Governor was not recalled, the party’s local leadership would consult the high command and chart out further course of action,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday grilled Kolkata-based businessman Kashinath Tapuriah, key aide of India’s alleged biggest tax evader Hasan Ali Khan, in connection with money laundering. Another associate-Congress leader Amalendu Pandey-too is expected to face interrogation shortly.
While Tapuriah will be quizzed for two days, Pandey, who was earlier grilled on Apr 15, is likely to be called a second time. Denying any links with the Pune-based businessman, Puducherry Lt Governor Iqbal Singh on Saturday claimed to have only recommended his name for the passport based on a plea made by Pandey on Apr 4, 1997.
A Mumbai court on Friday permitted the ED to quiz Tapuria for assisting Ali in money laundering. The Sessions Court in Mumbai allowed the ED to take Tapuriah (74) from Arthur Road jail and grill the Kolkata-based businessman at its south Mumbai office on April 18 and April 19.
Tapuriah’s judicial custody was also extended till April 29. ED officials said they seized large number of documents, including alleged transfer instructions from Khan’s account to various other accounts, from Tapuriah residence.
Tapuriah also allegedly travelled with Khan to Switzerland, London, Dubai and Singapore to help the 53-year-old Pune businessman in his money laundering activities.
Earlier, on Wednesday, Khan’s judicial custody was extended till April 26.
Khan reportedly evaded tax worth Rs 70,000 crore. The ED is expected to question Amlendu Pandey, the suspected aide of Hasan Ali Khan in connection with a massive money laundering case.
Pandey is a prominent Congress leader from Bihar and this will be the second time that he is being questioned in a week.
Pandey is expected to be brought face-to-face with Kolkata-based businessman Kashinath Tapuriah, alleged to be another key associate of Khan.
So far, Tapuriah has denied links in the passport forgery case. He will be in the ED’’s custody for two days from Monday and would be brought for questioning to the agency’’s office.
Pandey, during his previous session of questioning, had held Singh responsible for pushing for Khan’’s passport despite knowing that his first passport had been impounded by an Andhra Pradesh court.

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