6th report on black money in April: Justice Arijit Pasayat

Bhubaneswar, March 2 (IANS) Justice Arijit Pasayat, vice-chairman of the Special Investigation Team on black money, on Thursday said the sixth report on black money would be submitted to the Supreme Court in the first week of April this year.

Justice Pasayat, who chaired a meeting at his residence in Cuttack, said around Rs 70,000 crore in black money has returned to the government exchequer through different schemes so far.

“So far we have been successful in unearthing black money to the tune of Rs 70,000 crore across the country. We hope in the days to come the amount will rise substantially,” said Pasayat.

He said a probe is on into the cash holding and properties of self-proclaimed godmen in Odisha.

“Investigations into the alleged black money and benami properties of self-styled godmen in Odisha have been effective so far. It will continue further,” he added.

Several self-proclaimed godmen including Sarathi Baba and Sura Baba have been arrested and they are languishing in jail on several charges.

Senior officers of several investigating agencies including Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Excise and Odisha Police attended the meeting.

Issues pertaining to black money, chit funds and self-proclaimed godmen were discussed at the meeting.

–IANS

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