Taking the government to task, the Supreme Court today asked why it has not probed high profile politicians and corporate houses named by Hassan Ali Khan to be allegedly involved in stashing black money in foreign banks.
“During the continuing interrogation of Hassan Ali Khan and the Tapurias, undertaken for the first time at the behest of this Court, many names of important persons, including leaders of some corporate giants, politically powerful people, and international arms dealers have cropped up. So far, no significant attempt has been made to investigate and verify the same,” the court said.
A bench comprising justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar said that it was another reason for the appointment of SIT to conduct the fair probe in the case.
“This is a further cause for the grave concerns of this Court, and points to the need for continued, effective and day to day monitoring by a SIT constituted by this Court, and acting on behalf, behest and direction of this Court,” the court said.
The bench also pointed out that it was only upon the insistence and intervention of the apex court that the Enforcement Directorate initiated and secured custodial interrogation of Khan.
“The Union of India has explicitly acknowledged that there was much to be desired with the manner in which the investigation had proceeded prior to the intervention of this court,” the court said in its 53-page order. Economic Times