Patna: One can gauge the clout of Hasan Ali Khan, country’s biggest tax swindler, that his passport was issued after the direct intervention of Foreign Ministry.

Ali’s passport is reported to have been collected in person. The passport was received by a bodyguard of a Congress MP. The MP is now the Governor of a state and has also served as in-charge of Bihar Congress.

The letter sent by Foreign Ministry through the OSD to the Regional Passport office in Patna dated April 5, 1997, stated that as per the will of the Ministry, Hasan Ali’s passport should be issued by April 7, 1997 and it should not be sent by post, but it would be collected in person.

The passport had fake residential address of Pathan Toli, which falls under Alamganj police station area of Patna.

Mumbai police also arrived in Patna after the Enforcement Directorate started its investigations.