The Enforcement Directorate questioned Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan for four hours on a possible forex violation case concerning the sale of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team shares to a Mauritius based company in 2009, at a lower price. Khan denied any wrongdoing and stated that the value of the shares in 2009 were low, but gained later.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED had registered a case against KKR and had summoned Khan in the past to record his statement but the actor was busy with his film schedule)
The Mauritius company Sea Island Investment was owned by Jay Mehta, the husband of actor and KKR promoter Juhi Chawla.
However, after Khan was grilled by the ED on the eve of Diwali, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala raised the issue of whether Shah Rukh is being treated to the wrath of the ruling BJP party for speaking out on the issue of intolerance recently. He said the ED and CBI have these days become ‘instruments of vendetta’ and cited an instance where a senior minister was hauled up by the ED on the day of his daughter’s wedding.
It did seem odd that the ED chose their timing to grill Khan when they did, given that the case dates back to 2009 and Khan had been called up by the ED once again in 2011.