ZEE5 Telugu audiences are in for a rollercoaster ride with its upcoming series, Hawala. As the name suggests, the series is about money-laundering. The story is told through two couples and is set in the backdrop of the old city of Hyderabad. Before you catch all the drama there, here are a few Hawala scams that you should know of.
In 1991, an interrogation with a bunch of Kashmiri militants led to the opening of a larger than life scam, when the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen was arrested in Delhi. During his interrogation, the police found about the four brothers, mainly known as the Jain Brothers – who had been the conduit in funding this organisation. They maintained two dairies with detailed information about each transaction that involved many noted politicians. As the CBI probe went ahead, the officers-in-charge, we moved away, and the task came to a standstill. In 1993, a writ petition was filled by some journalists and finally, in 1997, the Supreme Court ruled a list of 26 pronouncements. One of it, made the director of CBI irreplaceable for two years – ensuring CBI’s functioning unhindered by politicians.