CBI registers FIR against three persons after recovery of Rs 7.97 crores in Rs 2000, 500 new notes

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Pune – A week after new currency notes of about Rs 7.97 crore were seized from lockers of a Bank of Maharashtra branch in Pune by the Income Tax department, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday registered a case for cheating the Government of India.

The FIR has been registered against Sudhir Puranik, Director Worldwide Oilfield Machine Pvt Limited, Company’s Chief Financial Officer Mangesh Annachhatre and Satyen Gathani of Ishanya Hyundai Motors and  unknown officials of banks to illegally obtain newly introduced currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 in huge quantity.

The accused entered into conspiracy to obtain Rs 7.97 crore which included 39,893 notes of the denomination of Rs 2,000 and 19 notes of Rs 500 denomination.

During the searches conducted by Income Tax department on December 14, these notes were recovered from 15 bank lockers of Worldwide Oilfield Machine Pvt Limited. 

The officials of Worldwide Oilfield allegedly obtained these notes from Gathani who procured it from different sources by turning black money into white.