Bengaluru tops the IT probes post demonetisation

Bengaluru, Dec 6: Karnataka topped the list for hotspots of illegal cash transactions in the country after the demonetisation announcement. The city  investigation unit  of Income Tax department have reported 18 cases of undisclosed cash in new denominations being seized in Bengaluru.

The  references were sent to Enforcement Department (ED).In a statement from the ED, there has been two cases reported each from Ludhiana and Madhya Pradesh apart from single case Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune.

The department has carried out ‘swift investigations’ in more than 400 cases and over Rs130 crore in cash and jewellery have been unearthed as well as Rs 2000 crore of undisclosed income admitted by tax evaders, the department said.

“Detecting serious irregularities beyond the Income Tax Act, the CBDT decided to refer such cases to the ED and the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), enabling them to examine the criminal conduct for immediate necessary action. More than 30 such references have already been made to the ED, and are being sent to the CBI,” the IT department said in a statement on Tuesday.

Since the 8 November announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demonetise Rs500 and Rs1000 notes, the department has carried out raids in various places in the city.

The Karnataka & Goa division of the IT department had carried out raids in various parts of the city leading to the unearthing of Rs152 crore of unaccounted income, the department said in a statement on 2 December.

The biggest stash of new currency was unearthed in Bengaluru after a 30 November raid on two state government engineers lead to the seizing of Rs4.7 crore in new Rs2,000 currency notes, apart from 7 kg of gold and bullion and Rs90 lakh in old demonetised currency, the Bengaluru division of the IT department said on 1 December.

The raid also led to further investigations into the possession of high end luxury cars and several property documents.

Other references to investigative agencies include the Mumbai units referral where Rs80 lakh in new high denomination currency were seized, Ludhiana where $14,000 and Rs72 lakh cash, Rs95 lakh cash seized from a case in Hyderabad and Rs20 lakh (Rs10 lakh new notes) from Pune has been unearthed.

The department has also raided cooperative societies in Karnataka where old notes were being exchanged with multiple high value transactions post 8 November. High value transactions (over Rs50 lakh) was discovered across many such cooperative societies to the tune of Rs8,000 crore, Times of India reported on 12 November. “The concerted and coordinated enforcement action of the Income Tax Department, ED & CBI in detecting the malpractices and taking swift action is going to continue in the coming days,” the department said on Tuesday.