Court to examine docs in an IT case against Moin Qureshi’s wife

New Delhi: A Delhi court would next week scrutinise documents in a case filed by Income Tax (IT) Department against businessman Moin Akhtar Qureshi’s wife for allegedly giving false information about her foreign bank accounts.

Counsel for Nasreen Moin Qureshi, the Pakistan-origin wife of meat exporter Qureshi, submitted in the court that he has not yet received several legible copies. The court had earlier asked the counsel for IT Department to supply the deficit documents to the accused.

The Department’s advocate, however, informed the court they have already supplied legible documents to the accused and showed the receiving copy.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pritam Singh then fixed February 19 for scrutiny of documents and asked the defence counsel to inform it if he has received the required papers.

Nasreen was granted bail by the court on January 6 when she appeared before it and her husband stood surety for her. Qureshi is also facing prosecution in a black money case for allegedly not disclosing an income of nearly Rs 20 crore.

The court had earlier summoned Nasreen as an accused in the case after taking cognisance of the complaint filed by the IT department under the IT Act and the IPC.

It was alleged in the complaint that a search was carried out by IT Department in Nasreen’s case and in other connected cases of Qureshi’s AMQ Group on February 15, 2014.

In her preliminary statement, Nasreen stated on oath that she had only one account in HSBC and denied owning any asset in any foreign country, it has said.

“Evidence clearly showed that Nasreen Moin Qureshi has not disclosed deposits in JP Morgan Chase Bank in USA for income tax and such deposits represent her undisclosed income, not offered to taxation in returns of income filed by her, thereby causing huge loss of revenue,” the I-T department has claimed.

It alleged that she made false statement in verification in her returns of income filed for the relevant period.

In her statement to the I-T department in April 2014, Nasreen said before her marriage, her father, a native of Pakistan, would have opened her bank account in Pakistan and other countries but no account was opened abroad after her marriage.

The complaint, however, said Nasreen’s claim that foreign bank account was opened by her father was found to be false and investigation has confirmed that she maintained an account with the bank in the US.

It also alleged that Nasreen had signed the documents in April, 2010 to open two accounts in the US’ bank and total deposit in them were over USD 3,02,599.

The complaint has said she used debit cards for expenses or withdrawal from the foreign account and had withdrawn USD 1,79,532.