Rs 1,000 crore of hawala entry unearthed in Haryana: I-T dept
Income Tax department has found that over Rs 1,000 crore were “laundered” through banking channel post demonetisation in Charkhi Dadri in Haryana, a senior official said on Tuesday.
“We have detected hawala entry of over Rs 1,000 crore in Charkhi Dadri in Haryana,” Director General of Income Tax (Investigation Wing), Madhu Mahajan said while addressing media here on Tuesday.
The investigation revealed that over Rs 1,000 crore were allegedly found to be “laundered” through banking channel. “An entry operator has been identified who provided undue benefits to more than 18 beneficiaries by facilitating deposits,” said Mahajan adding that the main accused did not have “wherewithal” to carry out such transactions.
IT sleuths said the beneficiaries of this “scam” could be more. Post demonetisation various hawala accommodation entry operators had come up which would facilitate deposits for a fee. Benami accounts in layers were opened to launder unaccounted cash, officials said.
Meanwhile, after demonetisation, the department had detected Rs 280 crore of undisclosed income in the NWR region including Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu-Kashmir and parts of Haryana. Different kinds of modus operandi were adopted by alleged tax evaders, the officials said.
IT sleuths found that in case of a company, cash ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000 was deposited in the accounts of employees which could be withdrawn by only HR and accounts men of that company. The role of bank officials also came under scanner and the department referred the matter to CBI and the Enforcement Director, they said.
Similarly, some jewellers allegedly showed huge cash sales to show crores of cash in hand while builders showed backdated cash deposits and agreements to hoodwink authorities, officials said.