Rs 27 lakh scrapped notes: IT department finds real mastermind, issues notice to appear


Bhubaneswar: Income Tax sleuths on Sunday were able to reveal the main accused involved in 27 lakh scrapped notes incident from city.

As per sources, Ganapati Behera resident of Kalasandhapur of Aska in Ganjam district had distributing and marketing business of forever living products in city here. He had been trying hard to change scrapped demonitised notes for past some days by providing some kickbacks to people. Luring them of good share after exchange of old notes, he promised commission to the people.

With such a plan he had been touring some eastern districts for past some days and was successful in converting Rs 3 lakh into new bills. But the remnants Rs 27 lakh worth of old notes were still with him. Amid such a development he tried to buy gold by paying the account in some big organisation.

He had picked up two people Sumant Pradhan and Babita Behera from Puri district’s Alasa village who were both working as Amway distributors so that others do not grow suspicion.

Due to presence of customers in the jewellery showroom he could not do his work in first attempt and so he kept regularly visiting the jewellery showroom.

He sent his other aides ton ckeck in but in the meantime police caught those red handed with the notes. Subsequently he fled from the spot.

During interrogation of both of the arrested police found that they did not know what was inside the bags in the car. Meanwhile, based on their statements the IT department has issued notice to Ganapati to appear before it and show his detail financial transactions.

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