The income tax department seized on Wednesday Rs 2.89 crores -- Rs 2.25 crores in Rs 2000 notes --- from a Bengaluru flat where two dogs were let loose on a raiding team.
Officials said the department got a tip-off about an apartment in the Yeshwanthpur locality, but they faced difficulties as an old lady living in the flat refused to tie the two canines she had.
Finally, officials made an entry with the help of locals and police, and found a room that was locked. “The locked room was opened and unexplained cash to the tune of Rs 2.89 crore, which includes Rs 2.25 crore of new Rs 2,000 notes, was found,” the official said.
The cash has been seized and further investigation is in progress in this case, the department said in a statement.
In a separate case in Goa’s capital Panaji, the department seized Rs 67.98 lakh in new notes of Rs 2,000 from a person who met the sleuths who were acting as decoy customers in desperate need of cash.
“The seizure was made from a place called Banda on the Maharashtra-Goa border,” a source said.
The department’s probe wings of Karnataka and Goa, after demonetisation, have seized a total of Rs 29.86 crore, with Rs 20.22 crore in new notes, 41.6 kg bullion and 14 kg jewellery as part of investigative action to check profiteering in the wake of currency ban.
The department said it has detected unaccounted income worth Rs 1,000 crore as part of 36 operations launched till now by it in these two states.