UP police busts biggest haul of demonetised currency notes in Kanpur

Demonetised currency worth Rs 80 crore seized from Kanpur
Biggest Note Haul: Demonetised notes worth over Rs 100 crore seized from Kanpur house

18 January, 2018

In November 2016 after a sudden step of the government towards demonetization, the government declared to deposit all the old notes of Rs. 500 & Rs. 100 within just 1 month and banned completely the same since 1 January 2017. "The quantity of Rs 1,000 notes was more in comparison to Rs 500 notes", said SSP further.

The haul, with banned notes making up a bed-sized stack of cash, is the biggest since Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were removed as legal tender in November 2016 during the demonetisation drive.

However, some investigators pointed out that some of the demonetised notes were still lying in currency chests, the estimates of which are recorded with the qualification "said to contain".

An interrogation by the I-T department officials is underway.

NIA got the information that huge amount of demonetised currency was being stored in an under construction house in the Swarup Nagar locality of Kanpur.

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Acting on a tip-off, an investigating team comprising officials from the NIA, the Kanpur Police, the Reserve Bank of India and the Income Tax Department conducted raids in three hotels and a house under construction. They were arrested along with the builder.

A senior police officer, who was leading the investigation team, said that the arrested persons were part of old currency racket, which was active in the exchange of demonetized currency notes.

Meena said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had gathered inputs about some companies and individuals involved in converting illegal currency into legal money and shared the information with Inspector General of Police, Kanpur, Alok Singh.

As many as 16 people, including a prominent builder, were arrested in connection with the seizure of almost Rs 97 crore in demonetised currency notes kept in gunny bags stacked inside a bed from the builders ancestral house here.

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