More Cash Seized During IT Raids in Odisha, More than 225 Cr Seized So Far

Bhubaneswar: Income Tax raids continuing at the premises linked to Congress’ Rajya Sabha MP Dheeraj Sahu in Odisha and Jharkhand on Saturday have led to the seizure of more cash. According to sources, more than 225 crore worth of cash has been seized so far during the raids that started on Wednesday (December 6).

The Income Tax teams seized three more cash-filled bags from Dheeraj Sahu’s premises in Ranchi, Nineteen bags of cash were seized from the house of Bunty Sahu, deputed as in charge of the maintenance of liquor factories in Odisha.

The income Tax department is continuing raids against Odisha-based Boudh Distillery Private Limited and entities linked to it.

Rs 45 crore were counted till Friday afternoon. Cash worth Rs 200 crore, packed in almirahs, was recovered from the premises of the distillery group in Balangir district. The rest cash was unearthed from Sambalpur and Sundargarh in Odisha, Bokaro and Ranchi in Jharkhand, and Kolkata.

The Income Tax team also searched the corporate office of Boudh Distillery Pvt Ltd at Palasapalli in Bhubaneswar, the houses of some company officials, the company’s factory and office in Boudh and the Ranisati Rice Mill. Recovery of torn currency notes of Rs 500 denomination were reportedly found dumped near the Boudh Distillery Private Limited (BDPL) at Titirikata under Harabhanga block.

In a post on X, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the opposition party over the cash seizures and said, “Countrymen should look at these piles of currency notes and then hear the addresses of its (Congress) leaders on honesty. Every penny looted from people will have to be returned. This is Modi’s guarantee.”

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