Meat exporter Moin Qureshi gave immigration authorities at Delhi airport the slip and flew to Dubai on Saturday after he was detained in connection with a money laundering case. At the airport, Qureshi had furnished a court order in a separate income tax case in which there was no restriction on him travelling abroad, reported PTI.
Immigration authorities have initiated an inquiry. Qureshi had been detained after the Enforcement Directorate issued a look out circular against him in a money laundering case. "We have sought 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," an investigative official told PTI.
The Kanpur-based businessman has been under the scanner of both the Income Tax Department as well as the Enforcement Directorate. The ED had registered a case against him under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Qureshi last year. He is accused of tax evasion and stashing Rs 200 crore in Dubai, London and other cities in Europe. “The case was registered based on the findings of the Income Tax Department, which has alleged criminal conspiracy on the part of Qureshi,” an ED official told The Indian Express.
The Income Tax Department had found that Qureshi had 11 bank lockers in the names of his employees and associates.