Bhubaneswar: Almost 80 bank officials, 40 counting machines, and five days of tireless counting have led to a real assessment of the huge amount of cash seized from an Odisha-based distillery owned by Congress MP Dhiraj Sahu’s family. According to sources, a staggering Rs 353.5 crore cash was found to be seized, which makes it the largest single seizure ever made by any investigative agency in India.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand, Dhiraj Prasad Sahu’s premises in Ranchi and other places were searched by the income tax department.
In Balangir district, the total cash seized by the IT officials was approximately Rs 305 crore. Sambalpur and Titlagarh followed with Rs 37.5 crore and Rs 11 crore respectively.
The marathon raids against Boudh Distillery Private Limited, its promoters and others were launched on December 6.
According to sources, the process of counting of seized cash has almost ended.
The counting involved nine teams of about 80 people from the tax department and various banks, who worked round the clock in shifts.