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Hyderabad bizman held over Rs 98 cr ‘black money’ deposits in banks

Hyderabad bizman held over Rs 98 cr ‘black money’ deposits in banks
An Indian vendor displays wallets made from replica prints of the demonetised 500 and 1000 INR currency notes prints for sale at a stall in Mumbai on November 22, 2016. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on November 8 that that 500 and 1,000 rupee ($7.50, $15) bills -- 85 percent of the cash in circulation -- would cease to be legal tender in a crackdown on fraud and tax evasion. The move -- which saw the notes withdrawn from circulation just hours after the announcement -- was initially welcomed, but frustrations have mounted in the largely cash-reliant country where millions have been left without enough to cover their daily needs. / AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

Hyderabad: A city-based businessman was arrested today for allegedly cheating and generating ‘fake and fictitious’ advance payment receipts to deposit “black money” to the tune of Rs 98 crore in banks following demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 tenders last month.

Besides Kailash Chand Gupta (65), his kin and others have also been booked by the police under various sections of IPC for their alleged role in the “conspiracy”.

Central Crime Station, a wing of Hyderabad Police, arrested Gupta for his alleged involvement in cheating and manipulation of records for illegal gain post demonetisation.

Another businessman Naredi Narender Kumar (59), MD of a private firm and brother-in-law of Gupta, was also arrested for abetment and hiding Gupta from police.

Gupta runs three jewellery and bullion firms with his two sons, a daughter-in-law and another woman as directors.

After demonetisation, Gupta, along with his sons Nitin and Nikhil, daughter-in-law Neha and others, conspired and hatched a plan to convert their black money by depositing it with banks by generating fake and fabricated receipts for wrongful gains which caused loss to Government of India, stated a release from Hyderabad Police.

Accordingly, the accused persons generated fake and fictitious advance payment receipts, purported to be acquired from about 3100 customers, for an amount of Rs 57.85 crore in name of their firm Musaddilal Gems and Jewelers Private Ltd.

They also allegedly produced fictitious advance payment receipts for Rs 40 crore in name of another firm, Vaishnavi Bullion Private Ltd, claimed to be acquired from about 2100 customers, and issued computerised receipts for the same, police said.

“All the said receipts were shown to have received between 9 PM and 12 midnight on November 8, and they subsequently got the amounts deposited at SBI, Panjagutta branch and Axis Bank, Banjara Hills branch respectively,” it said. Some of fake receipts are in the names of fictitious customers belonging to other states which clearly reveals the receipts are fabricated and generated by the accused persons, the release said.

When enquiry was made with one such customer, she denied having purchased any item or visited the shop/office of the accused persons either on November 8 or thereafter and that her signature/handwriting on the receipts is fake, police stated.

Police suspect Gupta and other directors of these firms, in order to escape from the liability of offence, manipulated relevant records of Registrar of Companies with ante-dates to change the names of directors.

According to police, Kumar assembled with other accused and abetted them in commission of the offence.

Following the Income Tax raids on the residence of the accused persons and registration of criminal case against them, Kumar harboured and provided shelter to Gupta at his residence in Manikonda area and at his factory at Auto Nagar.

He concealed whereabouts of Gupta in order to evade police arrest, the release said.

Further investigation is on.

PTI