HC gives CBI 2 weeks to file report in TN Rs 570cr seizure
The mystery behind the `570 crore found in 195 boxes inside three truck-mounted containers on May 13 in Tirupur district by officers on poll duty has deepened further. It now turns out that the trucks had fake registration numbers and the cash transportation documents of RBI too were fake. Besides, the currency bundles had Axis Bank seal and tag though the money apparently belonged to SBI.
The Madras high court has now directed the CBI to go into the issue and file a status report in the court in two weeks. Justice R Subbiah, hearing a writ petition of DMK MP T K S Elangovan, gave the interim direction to the central agency on Thursday .
Earlier, former additional solicitor general of India P Wilson, representing Elangovan, said the vehicle documents and bank communications were all bogus. The three trucks had registration numbers of Andhra Pradesh. The number of one of them, AP-13 X 5204, is that of an Innova owned by a man named Jaffer Ahmed Khan. The registration number AP-13 X 8650 belongs to Kaja Mohammed and the AP-13 X 5203 belongs to Salim Mohammed.But, interestingly , the RC book for both the vehicles had the photograph of one person. It means the owner of one lorry is not a genuine person, or both vehicles stand in the name of fake people,“ the affidavit of Elangovan read.
The transaction involving three containers without any proper documentation and through vehicles having bogus registration numbers and fake owners, besides false letters given by the SBI claiming that it had obtained permission from RBI Chennai when such a clearance was not given, clearly shows the money is tainted and used for hawala transactions, it said. “High level bank officials have conspired together and created forged documents with fake authorisation from RBI Chennai in order to transport a huge sum of hawala money,“ it said. As for the claim that the cash belonged to SBI and inter-departmental communications with regard to the sum was produced before authorities, Wilson said a letter dated May 6 did not have file or reference number. Another letter dated May 10 written by branch manager of SBI’s specialised currency administration branch in Visakhapatnam made reference to a direction from RBI, Chennai.
“However, RBI Chennai has not given any such direction or permission for such cash remittances of `570 crore,“ the petition said, adding that the letters came into existence subsequent to the seizure of the trucks.