Mumbai: Giving a new twist to the case against him, Pune stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan on Friday alleged that he was getting threats from his arrested associate Kashinath Tapuria and industrialist R P Goenka.

Khan, who was remanded in judicial custody by till April 8, told reporters outside a local court here, "I am facing threat from Kashinath Tapuri and R P Goenka. Tapuria has framed me in this case."

However, Khan's claim was strongly rejected by Goenka, who said he has had no relations with Ali or Tapuria.

Reacting to the allegation by Ali and his lawyer in Mumbai, a spokesman of the RPG group said in Kolkata, "He (Goenka) has no relations with Tapuria, not to speak of business relations with him. He has never known or seen Hasan Ali Khan."

Khan later filed an application in the court seeking protection saying he has got threat to his life.

The court directed Superintendent of Arthur Road jail to make necessary arrangements for protection and security to Khan.

Tapuria, a Kolkata-based businessman and said to be an associate of Ali, was arrested here yesterday by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Tapuria was later produced before a Mumbai Sessions Court which remanded him in ED custody till March 30.

53-year-old Khan was produced before Principal Sessions Judge Swapna Joshi who remanded him in judicial custody after ED counsel Ujjwal Nikam submitted that they did not need Khan's custody at this moment.

Khan was taken into custody by the ED on March 17 after the Supreme Court cancelled the bail granted to him by a trial court. On March 21, the Apex Court had ordered his custody to the ED for an additional three days.

The ED has questioned Khan, facing close to Rs 70,000 crore tax demand notice from the Income-Tax Department, with regard to his past trips to various countries and his business
dealings within the country.

It alleged Khan had withdrawn about 60,000 dollars from a Swiss bank and cited communications from Swiss official sources to back its allegation.

(Agencies)