The Kolkata Police arrested three persons from Mangoe Lane in Central Kolkata on charges of running a racket to help businessmen exchange their black money on Friday. Police recovered demonetised notes worth Rs 1.5 crore during the raid.
Police said a raid was conducted in the office on Mangoe Lane after receiving a tip-off. They found three persons - Pradip Roy, Sanjib Ghosh and Arun Singh – busy working on their laptops and constantly speaking over mobile phones. Police searched the office and found a bag. One of the three claimed that he owns the bag. The money was found inside the bag.
They were interrogated but they failed to give any satisfactory answer to the questions put forward by the police officers. The trio was arrested after they failed to give satisfactory answers.
Later, investigation revealed that they had received the money from a top city-based company. Police had also come to know about a person called Gobinda Agarwal and believe him to be the main person behind the racket to turn the money from black to white against which the three arrested persons used to get a huge commission.
The police further came to know that all the three persons are residents of Sankrail in Howrah and they used to impersonate chattered accountants. Police further learnt that they used to take around 25 to 30 per cent commission to help people turn their black money white.
Though the police had refused to disclose the process they had taken up to get a huge quantity of Rs 100 and Rs 2,000 notes, but sources said that they had withdrawn a huge amount of money from a bank. Thus the police have also initiated a probe to identify the bank considering someone from the branch of the bank had helped the trio to get such a huge amount of money.
It may be mentioned that the Central Bureau of Investigation had arrested three persons including a senior bank official a few days ago on charges of helping a person exchange a huge amount of money.