New Delhi : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today issued summons to controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi’s wife to appear before it in connection with its money laundering probe against her husband and others.
Officials said Qureshi’s wife Nasreen was handed over the summons to present herself before the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case on December 5, soon after she landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here. They said the agency had got issued a Look Out Circular (LOC) against her and hence she was intercepted as soon as she landed here, reportedly from London. “The summons, issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, require her to appear before the IO on coming Monday,” they said. Qureshi, who had returned to India in a similar fashion late last month, has been questioned at length by the agency multiple times here, in the money laundering and alleged hawala dealings case.
The agency had asked him to join the probe citing a court-issued directive in this regard. The Delhi High Court, while hearing a plea filed by Qureshi, had last month directed him to return to India by mid-November and appear before the agency for questioning in this case.
The meat exporter is facing probes by ED as well as the I-T department for alleged tax evasion, money laundering and hawala-like deals among others. The Income Tax department had sometime back issued notices to Qureshi under the new Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 as probe led it to few foreign assets owned or held by the meat exporter and his family in an alleged illegal manner as they were not declared or reported to Indian tax authorities. The case emerged after tax department first carried out searches against Qureshi and his firm AMQ Group on February 15, 2014. The meat exporter had on October 15 left the country from the IGIA here despite an LOC issued by the ED against him. The agency had also asked the CBI to probe Qureshi and the role of public servants in allegedly favouring Qureshi in his deals. — PTI