Demonetisation impact: IT department raid in Delhi nets Rs 1.4 cr in cash from contractor; police seizes Rs 1.5 cr in Kolkata

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New Delhi | December 16, 2016 10:41 PM

In another major fight back against black money and corruption, government authorities had, today, seized huge lumps of money, including new currency notes, in two separate raids in Delhi and Kolkata.

Following the Delhi seizure, officials said the seizure was made from a civil sub contractor identified as P L Soni, from a location in the Karol Bagh area. (ANI)Following the Delhi seizure, officials said the seizure was made from a civil sub contractor identified as P L Soni, from a location in the Karol Bagh area. (ANI)

In another major fight back against black money and corruption, government authorities had, today, seized huge lumps of money, including new currency notes, in two separate raids in Delhi and Kolkata.

Following a search on the premises of a civil contractor, in Delhi, the Income Tax department had seized Rs 1.14 crore cash, including new currency notes worth Rs 8 lakh. In separate instances, police had seized Rs 1.48 crore of scrapped currency notes and Rs 8 lakh new currency notes in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district and arrested five people in two different cases.

Following the Delhi seizure, officials said the seizure was made from a civil sub contractor identified as P L Soni, from a location in the Karol Bagh area. They said the department conducted the searches based on a tip-off of alleged illegal cash being hoarded at this location.

‘The seizure of new currency was made in the denomination of Rs 2,000 notes. The old notes that were seized include the demonetised currencies of Rs 1000/500 and also the legal tender of Rs 100,” they said.

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Kolkata Police sleuths seized Rs 1,48,50,000, entirely in old Rs 500 notes, from an organisation in central Kolkata and arrested three persons in this connection, a senior officer of the city police said.

Acting on a tip-off, Kolkata Police Anti-Rowdy Section arrested three persons — Pradip Roy, Arun Singh and Sanjiv Ghosh — in a raid from their office late last night. During questioning, the trio allegedly said that the amount was meant to be delivered to one Govinda Agarwal as part of a business deal.
“We are probing whether this was part of a hawala deal or not,” the officer said.

Meanwhile in West Midnapore district, the police today seized Rs 8 lakhs in Rs 2,000 notes near Debra and arrested a man who runs an NGO, and his driver. Police said the force intercepted Purna Sankar Ganguly’s car and seized Rs 8 lakhs in Rs 2,000 notes, which he allegedly exchanged for Rs 10 lakhs in demonetised notes.

(With inputs from PTI)

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