Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Passport fraud: Police file chargesheet against Hasan Ali

Pune police have filed a chargesheet against Hasan Ali Khan, accused of multi-crore money laundering and tax evasion in the case of "falsification of information" for renewal of his passport in 2004.

Khan (54), who is currently lodged at Mumbai's Arthur Road jail, was booked by Chatushrungi police in a case registered in December 2011 by the Pune Passport Office.

In March this year, Chatushrungi police had got a day's custody of Khan and had also taken a sample of his handwriting. Last week, police readied a 40-page chargesheet and submitted it to the magistrate's court in Pune.

Inspector (crime) Subhash Nikam, who is investigating the case said, "He has been chargesheeted under the same sections that were in the FIR. No additional sections have been applied. The case will now be taken up for hearing."

Police said the chargesheet contains documented evidence and statements of witnesses, including the officers of the passport office. Sources said Khan will soon be produced in court for hearing again.

In the FIR, Khan was booked under Sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 10(3) and 12(1) of Indian Passport Act.

As per the complaint, Khan got a passport issued from the Indian High Commission in London in 2004, in which the address he had furnished was of a Banjara Hills residence in Panjigutta area in Hyderabad. At the time of mentioning the address, the property in question was owned by his first wife Mehboob Unnisa Begum, whom he had divorced in 1999, and had hence no connection to that address.

Nikam said, "All these came to light after his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate and a case was registered. The passport office had registered a case of willfully furnishing wrong information against him. We have evidence corroborating the charges as well as samples of his handwriting."

The chargesheet states that Khan had the passport (number A9884318) since 2000, which he was issued from the Hyderabad passport office. Hasan Ali went to London on this passport. In London he got another passport issued from the Indian High Commission, on grounds that "he had lost his earlier one". In early 2004, a fresh passport was issued to him.

On November 7, 2004, Khan made an application for its renewal at the Pune passport office and got it issued on December 24 the same year. Here, Khan withheld information about his other passports that he got issued from Chandigarh, Guwahati and Patna, police said.

Cases have also been registered at these place against Khan under the passport act. The case in Pune is soon expected to be taken up for the hearing.
SushantKulkarni : Tue Jun 11 2013, 02:32 hrs

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