Initially reluctant, Abbas Ali Khan, father-in-law of Hassan Ali Khan, agreed to an interview with the Hindustan Times. Edited excerpts:
There are reports of money laundering against Hassan Ali Khan...
Whatever media is reporting against him and the whole family over the last one year is all bulls***. We are law-abiding people, but the media and government have made our life miserable. It’s absolutely unfair the way they are targeting us consistently. Hassan is absolutely upset with the reports.
The media are only reporting what the Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have filed in the court. The ED has filed a submission in the court saying…
(Interrupts) How can they (ED) file anything in the court? Do they have any evidence to corroborate their submissions? And if they had anything, then why did not they come up with evidence and arrest us? It’s now the media’s turn to question ED and other government agencies—on what basis they have filed these stunning submissions against Hassan. Do they even understand what $8 billion means? If Hassan or his family had that much money, we would have bought the city like Pune instead of coming here putting money on horse races.
Why has Hassan Ali disappeared?
Who says he is underground? He is very much here and has been coming to the race course. He has been absent only over the last two days because he is not well. Despite allegations and campaigns against us, we haven’t fled. We come here and talk to people regularly. In fact whenever ED or I-T have asked him to come before them, he has done it.
The ED has made a new claim in court, that Hassan Ali has terror links.
This is all nonsense. It’s very unfortunate that they want the country to be our enemy so that we will be easily targeted. Tomorrow if after reading the reports any goon comes to us and starts demanding money at the instance of this claim, who will be responsible for the loss of our lives? The government has made our life insecure by making false allegations. (Hindustan Times)