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Custody of IMA scam kingpin Mansoor Khan extended

According to sources, during interrogation Khan has revealed the names of prominent politicians, businessmen and government officials.

Bengaluru: A special court on Tuesday extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of I Monetary Advisory (IMA) MD and kingpin of multi-crore investment scam Mohammed Mansoor Khan till July 26.

The ED sleuths who brought Khan to the court, after his three-day custody ended on Tuesday, submitted before the court that the Investigation could not be completed as most of the time the accused kept complaining about chest pain and nearly a day was spent taking him to hospitals.The ED officials further said the accused need to be thoroughly investigated as many big names were involved in the scam. According to sources, during interrogation Khan has revealed the names of prominent politicians, businessmen and government officials. The SIT was verifying Khan’s claims and may summon the politicians and business for questioning.

Presently the ED is holding the custody of the kingping whereas the appeal of Special Investigation Team which is investigating in to the 4,000+ scam was not heard and a 3-Day period has been extended in his custody. Perhaps the SIT will again petition the court seeking Khan’s custody on 26 July.

Khan was arrested at the Delhi airport on Friday after he travelled from Dubai. He was brought to the city on Saturday morning and produced before the court.

The ED sleuths had obtained transit remand of Khan from Duty Magistrate Harjit Singh Jaspal at his residence late Friday night in New Delhi.

Khan fled the country on June 7 leaving thousands of investors in the lurch. Before fleeing, he had released an audio clip in which he threatened to commit suicide following harassment from Shivajinagar MLA R. Roshan Baig and had accused him of taking Rs 400 crore and not returning it.

The audio clip went viral on June 10 following which the investors rushed to the jurisdictional Commercial Street police station to file complaints against Khan and IMA. So far, nearly 50,000 complaints have been filed.

A lookout notice was issued against him by both SIT and ED.

The SIT located Khan in Dubai through its sources and persuaded him to return to India and submit himself before law.

The SIT so far has arrested 21 people in connection with the IMA scam. Apart from the 12 board of directors of IMA, the SIT has arrested Bengaluru Urban DC B.M. Vijay Shankar, BDA Executive Engineer P.D. Kumar, BBMP nominated corporator Syed Mujahid, Assistant Commissioner of Revenue Department LC Nagaraj, Village Accountant Manjunath, a Moulvi Haneef Afsar Azeezi and an educationist Umar Sharief.

TH | News Updates 2019


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