The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested three persons including a deputy manager of a private bank and a tax consultant on charges of depositing demonetised notes by opening bank accounts using fake documents. The trio was arrested on Thursday morning after a marathon interrogation by officers of the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The accused - Amitesh Sinha, deputy bank manager of Burrabazar Branch of a private bank, Sanjay Jain, the tax consultant, and Manoj Gupta, an agent – were remanded in CBI’s custody for three days after being produced before the Bankshall Court on Thursday afternoon.
Sources said that ED had received information that a huge amount of money was deposited in two to three particular accounts in the Burrabazar Branch of a private bank and initiated a probe.
Investigation revealed that Gupta and Jain came in touch with some people who wanted to deposit a huge amount of their black money after demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes was announced. The duo contacted the deputy bank manager, who helped them to open around 15 bank accounts using fake voter identity cards and PAN cards. Around Rs 7 crore was deposited in the accounts.
The plan was to issue cheques to different people and the money would get withdrawn by the bearers of the cheques. “This would help them to turn the money black to white before anyone could even understand,” said a CBI officer adding that they were arrested after they failed to give satisfactory answers during interrogation. The investigating officers are now trying to ascertain the source of money.