Demonetisation has put investigating agencies in MP in a fix over seized cash of outlawed denominations.
In absence of any guideline from the Centre and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on exchange of the cash used as evidence in the bribery cases, investigation agencies in Jabalpur are waiting for instructions from their respective headquarters for taking necessary action in this regard.
The cash in these cases were used as baits to trap the accused and were provided by the complainants.
The cut-off date to deposit the old bank notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denominations with the banks is December 30, 2016.
Meanwhile three district courts have sought advice from the MP high court administration about what to do with the cash that is used as proof in bribery cases where trial is pending.
As per the practice in the trial courts in Madhya Pradesh the cash amount that is used as a proof in such cases submitted by an investigation agency is kept in the sealed envelope bearing case details on cover in the state’s treasury.
“The high court might seek clarification from the union government in this matter,” MP high court’s registrar general Manohar Mamtani told HT. “The advisory will be issued to the trial courts soon.”
Investigation agencies are compiling the amount of cash in Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes used as proof in the bribery cases.
Instructions from the headquarters are awaited: CBI Jabalpur branch SP
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Jabalpur branch superintendent of police PK Pande told HT that instructions from the headquarters were awaited and their concern was only with the money used as traps in bribery cases where notes were seized as evidence.
“As far the disproportionate sources of income cases are concerned the amount of money seized is deposited in the current account in the banks,” Pande said.
Padma Vilochan Shukla, superintendent of police Special Police Establishment, Lokayukta Jabalpur office told HT if any complainant whose case was pending approached the investigation agency on this issue, guidance might be sought from the trial court.
Allow man to exchange old notes, HC tells trial court
The high court has directed a trial court to return a complainant’s money, which was held as evidence in a graft case, for allowing him exchange demonetized notes.
Balak Singh had moved an application before the high court appealing his money worth Rs one lakh needs to be exchanged with new currency notes.
In 2012, Singh had lodged a complaint with the Special Police Establishment – Lokayukta office in Sagar against sub divisional officer (forest) Kailash Verma for demanding Rs 1 lakh to release his seized tractor. The Lokayukta had caught Verma red handed with Rs one lakh.
Singh’s counsel Som Mishra said the old currency notes of Rs 1,000 is no more in circulation and if the complainant do not exchange to notes by December 30, it will be of no value.