Demonetisation: Aam aadmi queue up, while raids reveal stashes on new notes — Where is the leak?

Several cases have emerged in the past few days which have raised questions about the manner in which the post-demonetisation process is being executed.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Published:December 11, 2016 3:24 pm
cash leak, cash crunch, demonetisation, cash problems. cash less, bank raids, banks raided, bank employees bribes, bank employees held, bankers held, bank corruption, corrupt bank officials, dificult times, demonetisation problems, india news, indian express news Several bank employees have been found to be contributing to people’s problems as well. Image for representational purpose. (Source: PTI Photo/File)

Millions of people have been queueing up outside ATMs and banks for more than a month now after demonetisation was announced on November 8 this year. Despite the huge inconvenience faced by the common public, cash leaks have not stopped and several have managed to get their hands on huge caches of new currency notes of ₹500 and ₹2,000 as the rest of the country waits desperately for petty cash. Several cases have emerged in the past few days which have raised questions about the manner in which the post-demonetisation process is being executed. Also, the cash leaks appear to be coming out of banks, many private ones for that matter. So the mismanagement from the government’s side is not the only reason the people are struggling. Several bank employees have been found to be contributing to people’s problems as well.

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Sleuths raided an Axis Bank Branch in Delhi recently where around ₹100 crore was stashed in 44 bank accounts without mandatory KYC checks. In another branch of the same bank, two bank managers were arrested with gold slabs in relation to their alleged money laundering activities. Enforcement Directorate filed a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and found that massive amounts of money was being transferred through RTGS channels to various shell firms. One of the directors of a firm turned out to be a labourer.

Two officials of an HDFC branch in Gurugram were arrested for illegally converting demonetised notes and thereby illegally exhausting the new currency in the bank. Similar cases of illegal note exchange and other discrepancies were found in an HDFC branch in Chandigarh, Oriental Bank of Commerce Branch in Punjab and a Syndicate Bank branch in Hyderabad.

ED and IT sleuths have nabbed many people across the country who are assisting in money laundering and illegal currency exchange. When a person cannot, by law, gain access to more than ₹96,000 of their money from a single bank account in a month, in just over a month people have been caught with tens of lakhs of rupees, some even with crores.

Apart from the reported cases of discrepancies, any person who has stood in line would have heard conversations about people alleging bank officials telling them that they are out of cash.This is followed usually by ‘some people get special treatment and are given cash in front of us’.

The situation is such that people have to now line up a day earlier at a bank and take a token to line up again in the following day’s queue. ATMs appear to be perpetually out of order and therefore people seem to have lost hope of finding money in them. In sporadic incidents, some people are lucky to get cash the moment it is filled in the ATM. Some are lucky to get cash from ATMs in their office buildings.

But, the common man is not stranger to these problems. Almost all of us have faced these issues in one way or the other. What irks us is that cash leaks are making the already tough times more difficult for us when each rupee in hand is treated by everyone as precious.

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    Anonymous
    Dec 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm
    It just indicates that the corruption rot extends to the banking system as well. They need to punished severely as these shameless group see big queues outside and still misuse their position to divert the money to their gunda friends.
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      SubbuI
      Dec 12, 2016 at 8:44 am
      TYPOS IN MY BELOW COMMENT:-lt;br/gt;WILL NOT HELP not WILL NIT HELPlt;br/gt;CONCERNS not COCERNS
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        SubbuI
        Dec 12, 2016 at 8:41 am
        WHAT ELSE YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THIS NALAYAK NMODI ADVENTURISM. IN 30 DAYS IF THINGS ARE AT THIS LEVEL WHAT WILL BETTER HAPPEN IN BALANCE 18 DAYS? LET PEOPLE SEE FOR THEM SELF.ALL PUBLICITY AND RSS HOME WORK PROBAA WILL NIT HELP THIS MENTALLY SICK MAN BECAUCE IT COCERNS " MONEY" NOW THIS OVER SMART CHAI WALA GONE FOR GOOD
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          tom
          Dec 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm
          is modi govnt and RBI bank working only for rich people not for poor or common people. this leak notes proved that how the govt. and banks are working
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            David
            Dec 11, 2016 at 7:50 pm
            Please state what fraction of new currency has been found to have been illegally disbursed.
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              LNM
              Dec 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm
              When we are lining up w day for Rs 2500/- it is funny these people are stashing away crore and crores of new currencies. If all these people are caught and punished we'll be happy but if there are several others who are not caught, then, alas! we are still doomed in our old miserable system.
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                Balaji
                Dec 11, 2016 at 3:16 pm
                Tom. Some blacksheeps in banks makes life miserable for common man and not Modi or Govt. These Bank fellows should be jailed for life without any enquiry.
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                  Ankur Goyal
                  Dec 12, 2016 at 2:23 am
                  Hi All,lt;br/gt;I have written one editorial ,Request to pleae guide me with what is the process of getting that published .lt;br/gt;Thanks in advance !!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Regardslt;br/gt;Ankur
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