Bhartiya Janata Party’s youth wing secretary from Salem, J V R Arun, who had actively been campaigning for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive was arrested by Tamil Nadu police with numerous bundles of currency notes that amounted to Rs 20.55 lakh on Saturday. Arun had earlier been seen saying “For the progress of my country, I am ready to stand in the queue,” on his Facebook account.
The Tamil Nadu police informed IE that there were 926 notes of Rs 2000 in the cash that was seized from him. One of the police officers spoke to IE and said that they had intercepted his car and found a bag with 926 pieces of Rs 2000, 1530 pieces of Rs 100 and Rs 1000 and Rs 50 notes. The officer further said that Arun was given enough time to disclose his bank details and explain the source of his money.
He said that the police had then seized the money and deposited it in the treasury. The Income Tax department is reportedly probing into the role of the bank officials who had facilitated him with the Rs 2000 notes. BJP spokesperson informed the media that Arun had been served a show cause notice and would be removed from his post as the youth wing secretary if his reply was found unsatisfactory. However, the BJP state President Tamilisai Soundarajan said that the party had already removed Arun from his organisational responsibilities.
Arun is not the only BJP leader to have come under the scanner following the announcement of the demonetisation drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It had earlier been reported that some BJP leaders from West Bengal had deposited crores in bank accounts in the old notes just hours before the scheme had been announced. It had also been reported that the BJp had bought plots of land worth crores in Bihar just a week before the demonetisation drive begun.