Officers of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) grilled former world billiards champion Michael Ferreira for the second consecutive day in connection with the alleged Rs 425-crore QNet scam Tuesday. EOW officials also took his passport in their custody.
Ferreira is alleged to be an 80 per cent shareholder in Vihaan Direct Marketing Selling Ltd, a franchise of Hong Kong-based firm QNet. The EOW had last month issued a lookout notice against Ferreira, who was in Malaysia at that time, and he had subsequently applied for anticipatory bail. The court, while granting him interim relief, had directed him to appear before the EOW from January 27 to January 31.
“Ferreira was questioned for around three hours. We are investigating his association with QNet as well as the monetary profits that he made through it. We know that he has been associated with QNet for two to three years. We believe he made crores during this time,” said an EOW officer.
Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Rajvardhan Sinha said, “As per directions of the court, Ferreira deposited his passport with us. He is expected back on Wednesday.”
So far, the EOW has arrested nine employees of QNet. Actor Boman Irani’s son Danesh is also under the scanner. The EOW has frozen his bank account and is probing further.