Axis Bank Raid: Former Minister, Other Delhi Netas Under Scanner

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New Delhi: Several politicians, including a former minister, are under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax department following a raid at the Chandni Chowk branch of the Axis Bank last week.

Sources in the Enforcement Directorate have told India Today TV that a “former minister and several other politicians” are under their scanner in the probe. The agency did not name the politicians.

Last week, the Income Tax department unearthed 44 fake accounts during a raid at the Axis Bank branch in central Delhi.

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Over Rs 100 crore were deposited in these accounts with withdrawn currency notes since November 8, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

The ED will today produce two arrested Axis Bank managers in court today and will seek more remand to unravel the conspiracy behind hoarding of the huge stash of money.

They said several staffers of the Chandni Chowk Axis Bank branch are being quizzed by the Income Tax sleuths too.

More than 40 account addresses in the bank branch are suspected to be fake. The agency said more people are likely to be arrested and criminal proceedings initiated against them.

The probe has also revealed the names of several jewellers in the national capital, who are being interrogated.

The two agencies said efforts are on to reach the real owners of the money found in last week’s raids.