28 November, 2020

Making Light Of A Weighty Case

Making Light Of A Weighty Case
WITH a major part of the hawala deals involving illegal foreign transactions, one would have expected the economic enforcement agencies to be in the forefront of the investigations. That, however, has not happened. In fact, senior functionaries of the Home Ministry feel that the Directorate of Enforcement (DOE) may have taken the most sensational case in post-independence India too lightly.

Where, for instance, is Amir Bhai, also known as Mohammed Ameer Deen Habib? The CBI offers few clues on the most crucial link connecting the Jain slush money to foreign exchange violations. "Amir Bhai is in Hongkong, but operates out of Singapore regularly," says one official. DOE officials should have more information but they claim otherwise.

Even since the investigations began, Enforcement officials have been claiming that a particular clause in the Constitution is hampering the probe. Article 20 gives an individual the right to 'safeguard his interest', and this is liberally used by those being interrogated in connection with foreign exchange violations. S.K. Jain, they say,...



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