Four trucks with bags of cash seized in Mumbai,probe underway

Trucks seized last night after a tip off received by NIA.

Written by Smita Nair | Mumbai | Published: July 2, 2013 12:09:02 pm

National Investigation Agency,Mumbai and the Income Tax (Vigilance) wing are jointly probing the movement of a huge catch of cash through four trucks believed to be headed towards Gujarat. The four uniform truck were intercepted at Mumbai Central on Monday night by officials of NIA and IT.

According to senior official from NIA,the interception took place after an informer gave a tip-off of a convoy of trucks moving towards Mumbai Central with huge quantity of Indian currency notes.

“At this stage,we can only say that the amount runs into crores and since we do not have mandate for accounting such a seizure we have involved the help of Income Tax,” said an NIA officer.

The trucks with the currency were then directed to the Vigilance headquarters of Income Tax at Scindia House,Ballard Estate. The officials have now begun counting the catch.

“Any such movement is always a cause of concern for security agencies. We look at it from various angles including terror funding. We will wait for the Income Tax to revert with the initial findings. At this stage the vehicle details and the owners are under probe and inquiry is in progress,” said an NIA officer.

A senior official from Income Tax (Vigilance) confirmed that the currencies were being counted and will take a whole day. “We can ascertain the amount only after a final count is complete,” said a senior IT official.

With speculation that the money was actually a hawala transaction,an NIA officer said,”At this stage there is no clarity. But we can only say that money looks real.”

The building has now been given protection by the Mumbai Police. Many persons across the city are being called to NIA office for questioning where the probe is in progress.

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