The controversial Kanpur-based meat exporter Moin Qureshi was detained at Terminal 3 of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday morning on the basis of a ‘lookout circular’ issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), but was allowed to fly to Dubai after he produced a court order permitting him to travel abroad.
The ED had registered a case under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Qureshi last year, and is investigating a stash of Rs 200 crore alleged parked abroad by him. “The case was registered based on the findings of the Income-Tax Department, which has alleged criminal conspiracy on the part of Qureshi,” an ED official said.
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The I-T Department had earlier found links between Qureshi and former CBI director A P Singh. Qureshi faces an I-T probe for allegedly not disclosing an income of Rs 20 crore. Sources said Qureshi reached the airport around 9.30 am on Saturday to catch a Jet Airways flight scheduled for 11.45 am. “He was stopped by Immigration officials after they came to know that a lookout notice had been issued against him. They asked him to cooperate as they went about checking his documents,” said a top source.
Qureshi, however, called his advocates and asked for the latest court order that allows him to travel abroad until October 20. “Qureshi told the officials that he had recently furnished a bond of Rs 10 lakh, and had the court’s permission (to go out of the country). Within a few minutes, his legal team sent a fax, and after scanning all legal documents, they (Immigration officials) gave him clearance. The ED had been informed too, but he flew to Dubai before ED officials could reach the airport,” the source said.
The ED official said, “ED officers were not aware of the latest permission from the court. He was questioned on several occasions, and we will question him again in the coming days.”