Pune: CBI has registered a case in connection with recovery of newly introduced currency notes of about Rs 7.97 crore from several bank lockers during the searches by Income Tax Department.
The CBI FIR alleged that Sudhir Puranik, Director Worldwide Oilfield Machine Pvt Limited, Company’s Chief Financial Officer Mangesh Annachhatre and Satyen Gathani of Ishanya Hyundai Motors entered in criminal conspiracy with unknown officials of banks to “unauthorisedly” obtain newly introduced currency notes of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500.
As part of the conspiracy, they allegedly obtained notes issued by Reserve Bank of India to the tune of Rs 7.97 crore which included 39,893 of the denomination of Rs 2,000 and 19 notes of Rs 500 denomination from unknown banks and thus “cheated Government of India”.
During the searches conducted by Income Tax department on December 14, these currency notes were recovered from 15 bank lockers maintained at Bank of Maharashtra in the name of Worldwide Oilfield Machine Pvt Limited.
The officials of Worldwide Oilfield allegedly obtained these notes from Gathani who procured it from different sources.