Natasha was shocked, surprised and scared, when she found three million US dollars in cash in the bed of her father, who had died of a sudden heart attack few days back. Her father was a retired High Court judge, having an impeachable reputation throughout his carrier. Natasha, being a CFO of a company, was well aware of the law. Possession of foreign currency was/is a serious offence. She could not spent it. She could not declare it. She could not deposit it. She could not even share this with anyone. She used services of a hawala operator but was in for another shock when the officers of enforcement directorate (ED) intercepted the passenger carrying her money, while travelling to Dubai.
The officers of ED however found only ten thousand US dollars from the passenger, who was supposed to carry three million US dollars. A big drama was created by the passenger in the court when he made the statement that ED staff had found three million US dollars from the suitcases whereas the documents prepared were for recovery of ten thousand US dollars only.
Where had the money gone? Whether the passenger was telling lie? Whether the ED finally were able to recover the amount? What happened to Natasha? Ameya Mohite, Joint Director in ED suddenly started showing interest. Why? The mystery remained till the end….
After completion of his graduation from Hindu College, Delhi University, Ashok Bhasin joined the Customs and Central Excise Department in 1976. During his service tenure, he pursued his studies further and completed his M.A. in Philosophy. Thereafter he did his LL.B. from Delhi University itself. During his job he was instrumental in investigating some high profile matters. Ashok Bhasin was granted the President of India Award in recognition of commitment to work and distinguished services. The award was given by then finance minister at an investiture ceremony held at New Delhi. Ashok Bhasin left the department in 1996 and started practicing as an advocate after getting himself as enrolled under the Bar Council of Delhi. He is a member of both the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court Bar Associations. He has an in-depth knowledge of the way investigations are conducted. He is well aware of the methods used by lawyers in courts of law at the time of trial. His experience and expertise have stood him in good stead as an author.
HER SECRET is Ashok Bhasin’s fourth novel. His earlier three novels, or thrillers, are It Was Not Gold; Stupid Lawyer and Chapter 31. All these were acclaimed by readers.