A person flying in from Kolkata was detained at Dimapur airport on Friday, allegedly after demonetised currency notes worth Rs 5 lakh were recovered from his luggage. This comes days after a top Nagaland businessman, who is related to two important political leaders, was arrested after he landed in Dimapur, allegedly with Rs 3.5 crore in demonetised notes. Police sources in Dimapur said the CISF detained the person flying in from Kolkata, who arrived on an Air India flight, following a tip-off that he was travelling with a huge sum in demonetised notes.
While the CISF immediately informed Income Tax officials, the latter are yet to ascertain whether the cash was legal or illegal.
The I-T department is yet to complete investigation into the Rs 3.5 crore that was seized from Anato Zhimomi, a businessman said to be related to a former Nagaland chief minister as well as a former Rajya Sabha member from the state.
Meanwhile, the Nagaland finance department on Friday asked all religious institutions of the state to deposit, on a daily basis, smaller denomination currency they receive as donations and offerings.
Pointing out that there was a huge demand for currency notes of smaller denomination following the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the department asked religious institutions not to hold back currency notes and coins they receive. Deposited in their respective banks, the currency notes could be immediately put back into circulation for the benefit of the common people, an official note said.