Rs 50 cr in banned notes seized in Gujarat on poll day

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has recovered nearly Rs 50 crore in the banned currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination in Gujarat on election day, the Union Finance Ministry said on Sunday.

The scrapped notes were seized on Saturday during the first phase of assembly elections in the state.

"Acting on a specific intelligence, the officers of DRI, Surat and the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) compliance unit in Vadodara raided the premises belonging to Yamuna Building Material in Bharuch and recovered demonetised currency notes of the face value of Rs 48.91 crore" on December 8/9", a statement here said.

"With the demonetised currency detected by DRI to be of the order of about Rs 49 crore, the fine is expected to touch about Rs 245 crore," it added.

Under the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation Of Liabilities) Act, 2017, keeping demonetised notes is punishable by a fine which may be up to five times the amount of the recovery at face value.

DRI is conducting further investigations and is also filing a complaint in court against the three persons involved, the Ministry said.


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