BJP misusing state machinery to malign BSP: Mayawati

A day after Enforcement Directorate found crore deposits in old notes in BSP bank accounts, the party’s supreme Mayawati addressed media in Lucknow to put her version. Calling raids political Mayawati said BJP is only targeting BSP and ignoring deposits made by several other parties in their accounts.

“BJP is misusing the state machinery to malign the name of BSP party,” said BSP Chief Mayawati

BJP is misusing the state machinery to malign the name of BSP party

BJP is misusing the state machinery to malign the name of BSP party

The Enforcement Directorate detected cash deposits totalling over Rs.104 crore in an account belonging to the BSP and Rs 1.43 crore in an account belonging to party Supremo Mayawati’s brother Anand in a branch of United Bank of India, sources in the Enforcement Directorate said.

Officials said the agency, Enforcement Directorate, as part of its routine survey and enquiry operations to check suspicious and huge cash deposits in banks. They visited the Karol Bagh branch of the UBI and found huge deposits made in these two accounts post-demonetisation.

Huge cash seized by the Income Tax department after it conducted searches in Chennai. A total of Rs 106 crore cash, including Rs 10 crore in new notes, and 127 kg gold  has been seized.

Representative image for cash seizures Photo-PTI

They said the sleuths called for the records of the deposits made in the  BSP account and found that while  Rs 102 crore was deposited in Rs 1,000 notes, the rest Rs 3 crore was deposited  in the old Rs 500 notes.

Officials said they were were astonished to find huge cash of about Rs 15-17 crore being desposited every other day.

The agency also detected another account in the same branch belonging to Anand, brother of BSP chief Mayawati, where a total of Rs 1.43 crore funds was found.  A sum of 18.98 lakh came into account using the old notes after the ban.

The ED has sought full details about the two accounts from the bank even as it is understood that the agency will write to the Income Tax department which has the powers to go into the legality of donations and contributions made to political parties.

The ED has also asked the bank to provide to it CCTV footage and KYC documents used to open the accounts, they said.

With regard to Anands’s accounts, it is understood, that the agency will soon issue notices to him and also intimate the I-T sleuths for investigation under anti-tax evasion laws.

The agency has been carrying out enquiry operations at over 50 bank branches to check possible instances of hawala dealings and money laundering after the government scrapped the two high value currencies of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 on November 8.