The Delhi High Court on Monday issued a notice to meat exporter Moin Qureshi, based on a plea by the Central Bureau of Investigation to increase the security amount he must pay to travel abroad, PTI reported. The CBI, which is investigating Qureshi in a corruption case, wants the court to increase the amount from Rs 2 crore to Rs 6 crore.
A trial court had earlier this month allowed Qureshi to travel to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. Qureshi had sought permission to travel to the UAE for the Gulf Food Festival from February 15 to 23, and to Pakistan from March 16 to 20 for his niece’s wedding. The court had ordered the meat exporter to furnish Rs 2 crore as bank guarantee.
Qureshi is being investigated for allegedly transferring funds through hawala channels to Dubai, London and Europe. He is also accused of taking huge sums of money from different persons in return for influencing public servants. The trial court had in 2017 granted the meat exporter bail in a hawala case.
Qureshi was also a central figure in the public spat between former CBI officials Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana. Verma used to head the agency and Asthana was his deputy. However, last year a row broke out between the two after they accused each other of corruption.
Asthana, who was removed from the agency last month and appointed the director general of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, was accused of receiving kickbacks and extorting money from Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana, who was being investigated in the Qureshi corruption case.