A flying squad comprising police personnel and officials of the Election Commission and Income Tax Department seized a car that was transporting Rs 15 lakh, in Parel on Tuesday.
State EC officials said a Special Surveillance Team (SST) flagged down a Renault Duster (MH 46 W 44 99) car at a nakabandi at Albert Junction in Kalachowkie at noon. “The owner of the vehicle, Gulshan M Kohli, was on his way to his office in Wadi Bunder, P D’mello Road, with his driver. Kohli owns Sunny Roadlines, a prominent trucking company and is a member of the All India Motor Transport Congress. Kohli was carrying the money in a large bag,” official said. The vehicle was immediately taken to the Kalachowkie police station.
“We signal cars to stop if we spot anything suspicious. When we asked Kohli to explain why he was carrying such a large sum, he said he did not have any papers with him. We detained him for violating the Income Tax Department regulations,” said Mahesh Bane, Executive Magistrate, Sewri-183 Assembly Constituency.
Individuals are not allowed to carry more than Rs 50,000 in cash with them when the model code of conduct is in place. “Kohli claimed that he had withdrawn the money to pay his employees. But, we are verifying his claims,” said Kiran Panbude, Assistant Returning Officer, Sewri Assembly Constituency.
Bane added that Kohli’s son came to the police station with relevant documents later in the day. “The Income Tax Department has now taken over the investigation. It is mandated to probe all such seizures in which the amount exceeds Rs 10 lakh,” Bane said.