Meat exporter Moin Qureshi was briefly detained at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi on Saturday but was later allowed to fly to Dubai. Qureshi was detained by the Enforcement Directorate officials who were notified by the airport authorities based on the look out circular issued against him in a case of money laundering. Reportedly, the ED had been investigating funds to the tune of Rs 200 crore parked abroad by him.
Speaking to news agency PTI, airport authorities said that the meat exporter had apparently furnished a bond and said that he had the court’s permission to travel abroad. The immigration authorities allowed him to travel after his legal team sent a fax in this regard. “We have sought the documents from immigration authorities based on which Qureshi was allowed to travel. Our officials were on the spot to take his custody but he was allowed to fly abroad,” ED sources said.
In 2015, the agency had filed a case of money laundering against Qureshi under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED had also conducted searches on Qureshi’s premises last year along with alleging that he has sent “huge amount of funds” through the hawala route to Dubai, London and other places in Europe. During the investigation carried out by the Income Tax Department, it was revealed that the controversial meat exporter had links with senior CBI officers including former CBI directors A P Singh and Ranjit Sinha who had exchanged BBM messages with Qureshi.