The Gurgaon police detained a person on Sunday for allegedly carrying demonetised currency notes to the tune of Rs 14.36 lakh in his car.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of crime branch, Bilaspur, seized the scrapped notes from the man after he was stopped at a check point at Pachgaon Chowk on National Highway 8.
All 248 notes seized were in denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 that the Centre had declared invalid from November 9.
Police identified the driver as Deshraj, who lives in Kadarpur village in Gurgaon.
Police said Deshraj was caught while travelling with the demonetised notes in a Maruti Alto on Sunday night. Dheshraj told police that he was travelling from Kadarpur to Rewari.
On questioning, Dhesgraj could not give a satisfactory answer regarding the source of the banned currency, and was taken into custody, police said.
Police said they had received specific information about the suspect after which they activated a checkpoint at Panchgoan Chowk on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway.
Police said they informed the income tax department on the cash seized and requested them to join the probe as the amount of scrapped currency seized is large. Police said there is possibility that more such recoveries can be made.
“A case has been registered at the Bilaspur police station and the IT department is also probing the matter,” inspector Surender Singh, in-charge of the Bilaspur crime branch, said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address to the nation through live TV on Novermber 8 announced the decision to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from circulation and replace them with new currency. The move was projected as an attempt to curb the flow of unaccounted money. However, the rationale for the decision was later highlighted as promoting digital modes of transaction and a shift towards a cashless economy. The government had set December 31 as the deadline to get the scrapped notes exchanged or deposited in banks.
Earlier, the Bilaspur crime branch had recovered scrapped notes twice, and there have also been a number of instances in which high sums of new notes were seized in Gurgaon.
On December 19, police recovered Rs 15.33 lakh from two cars near the old toll plaza in Bilaspur. As much as Rs 6 lakh was in denomination of Rs 2,000, being transported from Jaipur to Delhi. Police seized Rs 9.33 lakh in old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 from another car.
On December 17, Rs 2,000 currency notes to the tune of ₹9.72 lakh and scrapped Rs 500 notes worth Rs 20,000 were seized from two persons near Manesar bus stand.
On December 11, after a probe by the income tax department, police registered an FIR against a HDFC bank cashier at DLF Phase 2 for illegal activities related to currency exchange and issuance of new currency.
On December 9, police recovered Rs 10 lakh in new currency from two persons near Galleria market and seized Rs 3.16 from a canter driver at Pataudi.
On November 30, police had seized Rs 10.96 lakh in scrapped notes from a person who divulged that he had earlier exchanged Rs 10 lakh from a bank.
On November 28, police had recovered Rs 15 lakh in demonetised currency from a man at Palam Vihar.