World billiards champion Michael Ferreira on Wednesday claimed that he was in Malaysia for medical treatment and not evading the police. He added that he would soon be back in India.
Recently, a look-out notice was issued against Ferreira by the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in connection with the Rs 450-crore Qnet scam that the agency is investigating.
In a press release issued by Qnet on Wednesday, Ferreira said, “I am in Malaysia for a few tests and medical treatment to address some of my long-standing ailments. Malaysia being among the best medical tourism destinations in the world and also home to close family friends was naturally the first choice for me. I reaffirm that I have spent most of my life building my reputation and serving India on various platforms, including sports and public service, so I find it ridiculous that anyone would say that I am trying to avoid or run away from my responsibilities and not cooperating with the EOW.”
Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Rajvardhan Sinha said if and when Ferreira appeared before them, they would follow the proper procedure of investigation. He refused to comment on whether Ferreira would be arrested.
The EOW is yet to question actor Boman Irani’s son Danesh for his alleged role in the scam. An officer said Danesh was not in the country.
“We are still scrutinising his bank account details,” said Sinha. Irani on Wednesday issued a statement citing that Danesh worked as an agent for Qnet for a short while and his earnings were all “above board”.
“My involvement with the company is merely based on the fact that I attended a function of Qnet and had been photographed there. My son had worked as an agent like several others in 2007-2008. Later, he left for the US to pursue MBA. His earnings and residuals for his hard-earned efforts as a multi-level marketing agent are all taxed and above board,” Irani said. firstname.lastname@example.org