In a major development in the alleged Rs 1,000-crore hawala and excess duty drawback scam, the name of a big industrial house has surfaced thereby increasing the possibility of even bigger monetary transactions.
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had recently unearthed the racket, but soon after the initial probe the suspects had gone underground.
Sources said all suspects, including Mukesh alias Sonu Singhania, a yarn broker and a resident of Aggar Nagar; Rajesh Dhand of Century Knitwear, Pinki Jairath and Surinder Sharma are absconding. It is also learnt that the above-said people have left the country and are in Nepal.
Sources said Mukesh and few others were summoned by DRI for further interrogation on Friday but none appeared before the officials.
The owners of an industrial house have helped the suspects in leaving the country and have made arrangements for their alleged stay in Nepal.
Sources said the revelation made by DRI is just a tip of the iceberg.
On the other hand, having confiscated hard discs of computers, pen drives and other data related to the fake bills, DRI officials have sent the same to forensic experts in New Delhi.
Having filed a writ petition against DRI in the Punjab and Haryana high court, the suspects have tried to hamper the investigation process, but have not succeeded as the officials are on their toes to get more evidence against them.
Meanwhile, DRI will soon seek approval for overseas investigations from the ministry of external affairs.
However, when contacted, DRI officials refused to speak on the issue.