Hyderabad: The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered 77 cases and seven Preliminary Enquiries (PE) post demonetization relating to exchange of demonetized currency in various departments and agencies including banks, post offices, railways and insurance companies. The amount involved in these cases is around Rs 395.19 crore.
In a statement issued from the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on the first anniversary of the NDA government’s demonetization move, the agency said it has acted on more than 500 references received from general public and other agencies. These were apart from joint surprise checks on banks and others.
During investigation, CBI has so far arrested 21 public servants and 26 private persons out of 307 suspects, including public servants and private persons, found to be involved in these cases. Demonetized and new currency worth crores and a large number of incriminating documents were recovered so far. Charge-sheets have been filed in 12 cases and regular department action has also been recommended in a few cases.
“All branches of CBI across the country were actively involved in checking corrupt practices being undertaken by unscrupulous persons in connivance with certain public servants and private persons to either illegally convert or deposit high denomination demonetized currency notes,” the statement said.
Investigation in the remaining cases and PEs registered is continuing.