Mumbai: The economic offences wing (EOW) probing the Rs 425-crore QNet cheating case on Tuesday wrote to a bank asking it to freeze former billiards champion Michael Ferreira’s account. Ferreira (75), who was questioned by the EOW for two hours on Tuesday, also deposited his passport.
A court hearing Ferreira’s anticipatory bail plea had directed him to appear before the EOW between January 27 and 31. The police said Ferreira holds 80% shares of Vihaan Direct Selling. “We want to know how he came in touch with Vihaan. He said he got commission by working for it,” said an officer. When asked about his source of income, Ferreira reportedly said he wrote columns in newspapers and appeared as commentator on TV shows.
A PR firm, on behalf of Ferreira, said he responded to all queries and will continue to cooperate with the probe. “He maintained that the cheating and other charges against him are baseless. He is only an investor in Vihaan and had no executive role to play,” the statement said.
The Times of India, January 29, 2014