Doon, Stephen’s old boys’ net­works try to save Moin Qureshi

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

A sec­tion of the old boys’ net­work of the Doon School in Dehradun and “in­flu­en­tial friends” from the elite St Stephen’s Col­lege here are ac­tively work­ing to save meat ex­porter Moin Qureshi from the clutches of the En­force­ment Di­rec­torate (ED), sources in the agency have said. Qureshi, now in ED cus­tody, was president of the Doon School Old Boys’ So­ci­ety (DSOBS) and re­signed from his po­si­tion in the wake of in­come tax raids against him in 2014. Qureshi, an alum­nus of both Doon School and St Stephen’s Col­lege, was ar­rested by the ED on 25 Au­gust this year in con­nec­tion with al­leged money laun­der­ing of around Rs 200 crore. Since 2015, Qureshi is fac­ing charges of money laun­der­ing un­der the Prevention of Money Laun­der­ing Act (PMLA), 2002. “Qureshi, who is known for his net­work in bu­reau­cratic and po­lit­i­cal cir­cles, is not leav­ing any stones un­turned to try and in­flu­ence in­ves­tiga­tive agen­cies, in­clud­ing, the ED, Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) and the In­come Tax (I-T) De­part­ment. How­ever, ED of­fi­cials in­volved in the probe are do­ing their best to stop him from es­cap­ing from ED net,” an ED source close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion told The Sun­day Guardian.

A se­nior ED of­fi­cial said: “Qureshi’s po­lit­i­cal and bu­reau­cratic net­work is still work­ing for him and most of his friends from his school days, mainly lawyers, are even try­ing to halt the in­ves­ti­ga­tion go­ing on out­side the coun­try to un­earth the undis­closed prop­erty owned by Qureshi and his wife in for­eign coun­tries.” The ED source quoted above said: “The cases against Qureshi were twisted and turned dur­ing the sec­ond term of the Congress-led United Pro­gres­sive Al­liance (UPA) gov­ern­ment and that is prov­ing to be ben­e­fi­cial for Qureshi. Re­cent ED in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed how Qureshi was saved from any ac­tion due to his prox­im­ity to politi­cians and sev­eral bu­reau­crats.” Ac­cord­ing to the ED, through the money he earned from li­ai­son work and hawala, Qureshi al­legedly man­aged to own prop­er­ties in May­fair in London, Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, the Solow Build­ing in New York, Sun­tec Tower in Sin­ga­pore, Dubai Ma­rina and the Burj Al-Khal­ifa in Dubai. These prop­er­ties have not been de­clared in his in­come tax re­turns.

“If needed, Qureshi will also be booked un­der the Black Money (Undis­closed For­eign In­come and As­sets) and Im­po­si­tion of Tax Act, 2015,” the ED source con­firmed. Qureshi’s Doon School con­nec­tion was re­vealed when the CBI reg­is­tered an FIR against for­mer CBI direc­tor A.P. Singh, a Doon School alum­nus, for al­legedly pro­vid­ing un­due favours to Qureshi. Singh is also un­der the ED’s scan­ner and is fac­ing a probe. In­ves­ti­ga­tions by the ED and CBI have re­vealed that it wasn’t just Singh who had close ties with Qureshi; even Singh’s suc­ces­sor Ran­jit Sinha had met Qureshi on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

“The BBM (Black­Berry Mes­sen­ger) mes­sage com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Qureshi and Singh shows that they were in touch with each other to in­flu­ence top UPA politi­cians, in­clud­ing two for­mer Union min­is­ters. Qureshi and Singh also tried to in­flu­ence top in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials for get­ting cer­tain clear­ances. How­ever, Qureshi was silent and did not speak much about his re­la­tion­ship with both the for­mer Union min­is­ters dur­ing his re­cent cus­to­dial in­ves­ti­ga­tion done last month,” the ED source said. Many cou­ples in the cap­i­tal, mar­ried or oth­er­wise, af­ter fail­ing in love, are turn­ing to pri­vate de­tec­tive agen­cies to spy on their part­ners and are pre­pared to pay a hefty fee for this ex­er­cise.

“Af­ter dat­ing for over three years, I got mar­ried to Meera (name changed), my wife. We were in love with each other, but soon af­ter our mar­riage, I no­ticed some changes in her be­hav­iour. She started us­ing dif­fer­ent pass codes for her mo­bile, and she would al­ways be on her phone. This was when I started hav­ing sus­pi­cions about her. I shared these things with a friend of mine, who sug­gested that I con­duct a loy­alty test on her through one of the pri­vate de­tec­tive agen­cies. I found out that she was dat­ing an­other guy whom she met through Face­book. I was dev­as­tated by the news,” San­jay (name changed) told The Sun­day Guardian.

Tech­nol­ogy and the advent of so­cial net­work­ing sites seem to have led to growing dis­trust among cou­ples in the

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