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19 May 2017, 10:18 | Ross Houston
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The shop owner said that the money belonged to a jewellery shop owner who was waiting to exchange them legally. Police raided the place early Thursday morning, getting a tip off and found 11 bags with bundles of old notes. This is the first time the Chennai police are seizing such a huge stash of banned notes, particularly after demonetisation of old notes came into effect on November 8 past year. It is also reported that the Chennai police has made such a big raid for the first time after the demonetisation of old notes that came into effect on November 8.
Police officers said they had informed the Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate about the seizure, but none of the officials from the two agencies came forward to initiate further proceedings from their end. During the raid, the IT department had seized currency notes worth Rs 131 crore, including Rs 34 crore of new notes and 127 kg gold from the TN businessman.
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