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IT Authorities raids in Raipur, detects Rs. 100 crore hawala transactions

The Income Tax Department under the Central Board of Direct Taxes on Thursday raids on a dealer in Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur earlier this week and detected alleged hawala transactions of over Rs. 100 crore.

Unaccounted cash of about Rs. 6 crore and digital devices containing "details of hawala transactions" were seized during the searches at four premises of the unidentified dealer based in Raipur on 21 June 2021.

The action was initiated after the IT department received "specific" actionable intelligence on his alleged illegal operations. "The modus operandi involved not only giving accommodation entries of sale, purchase, etc. to people but also transportation and end-use facilitation of unaccounted money."

A number of digital devices such as a hard disc and pen drives "having details of hawala transactions" have been seized, the CBDT said in a statement issued here.

"Preliminary estimates suggest that hawala transactions exceeding Rs. 100 crore may be involved," it said. Hawala denotes out-of-book cash transactions and movement of funds by skipping banking channels

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) frames policy for the tax department. The department said the digital devices are being analysed and quantification of the total amount involved is under progress.

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