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Pakistani citizen’s property deals under scanner

Bank deals of Rs 1.1 cr found; Tekwani remanded in magisterial custody

Written by Chandan Haygunde | Pune | Published: December 12, 2013 3:14 am

Investigations have revealed that the Pakistan national Mahesh Bhoolchand Tekwani,arrested by the Pune police for alleged violation of Foreigners Act,allegedly entered into two property deals and his bank account in the city shows financial transactions of Rs 1.10 crore.

The police are probing whether these property deals and financial transactions are legal or not. Though not involved in any terror activities,sources said intelligence agencies too are looking into Tekwani’s case.

Tekwani was arrested on December 7 under section 14 (b) of the Foreigner’s Act for allegedly procuring a driving licence from Pune RTO when he was not supposed to move out of Thane. The Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) of Pune police registered an offence against him at the Bundgarden police station.

Assistant police inspector Arun Phune of Bundgarden police station produced Tekwani before magistrate court on Thursday to seek extension of his custody for seven more days.

The police told the court they want to investigate whether Tekwani had taken permission from the government and followed the legal procedures in his property deals. Defence counsel Suresh Jadhav argued that Tekwani was already in police custody since December 7 and that the cops had sufficient time for his interrogation.

The police said they also want to seize the documents related to the properties he bought and probe whether he had informed the government of India about his financial transactions of Rs 1.10 crore seen in his Axis bank account,Wanavdi.

Investigation is on to trace the agents who helped him procure a driving licence and PAN card.

The defence counsel also told the court that Tekwani came to India on a Long-Term Visa (LTV) and wants to settle in India. Counsel said he has no wrong intentions,wants to obtain Indian citizenship and has himself told the the police about his property deals and bank transactions. Defence counsel also claimed that Foreigner’s Act cannot be invoked against Tekwani. Judicial magistrate (first class) S R Nimse remanded Tekwani in

magisterial custody.

Tekwani had registered with the Pune police FRO on October 2. According to the FRO,Tekwani hails from Karachi in Pakistan. He came to India on June 28,2011 on LTV of three years. He registered himself with the Thane police and was residing in Ulhasnagar.

The police said his visits to Pune before October 2 are alleged violation of the visa norms. The police said that when his movements were restricted to Thane,he came to Pune without seeking permissions and procured a driving licence from Pune RTO on August 2,2011,on the address Gera Garden,Fl.No.4,Koregaon Park. He is also known to have procured a PAN card on a Pimpri address.

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