New Delhi, September 4: A Delhi Court on Monday extended the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) custody of meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi till September 8. The ED have been questioning Qureshi since August 26 in relation to a money laundering case against him and others. He was arrested on August 25 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), following his non-cooperation in the probe.Also Read - Delhi High Court Seeks Kejriwal Govt's Reply on Plea to Resume All Weekly Markets | Details Inside
Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj on Monday extended the custody for four more days as the ED said it could not interrogate in the last few days due to holidays and in the light of requests received from various witnesses, PTI reported. However, the probing agency custodial extension for five more days saying he was yet to be confronted with more government servants and the details of properties purchased from the crime proceeds. Also Read - School Reopening News: When Will Normal Classes Resume in Delhi? Kejriwal Govt Expected to Take Final Decision by Tomorrow
According to the ED, Qureshi was also to be confronted with audio data obtained from the Income Tax Department. As quoted by PTI, ED further said, “More hawala dealers are to be questioned and there are lengthy statements of bank accounts which are to be further investigated from the parties with whom transactions were carried out by the accused.” Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Flights to Maldives, Malaysia From India From THIS Date | Full Schedule, Ticket Prices
Qureshi’s counsel opposed ED’s plea and said enough time has already been granted to the probe agency.
Earlier on August 31, another extension was granted to the ED for the custody of Qureshi. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj allowed the ED to quiz him till September 4. Public Prosecutor N.K. Matta, while seeking extension, told the court that seven witnesses have been examined and a trail of Rs 12 crore has been found.
(With agency inputs)