This is the highest amount of ‘unaccounted’ cash recovered ever since the Model Code of Conduct came into force. Six persons detained.
THE Punjab Police on Saturday claimed to have recovered Rs 9.66 crore of hawala money from six persons, including a church priest. “The money was without documents area Superintendent of Police Dhruv Dahiya told reporters here. This was the highest amount of “unaccounted” cash which was recovered ever since the Model Code of Conduct came into force. The money was seized from six occupants of SUVs during checking near GT road Doraha on Friday, Dahiya said, adding that police acted following a tip-off. Police had prior information about “black or hawala” money being carried in the vehicles from Jalandhar to Ambala side. A team of Khanna police recovered the cash amount from three vehicles coming from Ludhiana side on Friday during checking, Dahiya said.
After recovery, police handed over the cash and occupants to the officials of the Income Tax and the Enforcement Directorate for further investigation, police said. Among the occupants was Anthony, who is a church priest at Partappura village in Jalandhar district, Dahiya said. Other occupants were identified as Rachpal Singh, a resident of Bhikhiwind Tarn Taran, Ravinder Lingayat, Shivangi Lingayat, residents of New Mumbai, Ashok Kumar, a resident of Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh and Harpal Singh, a resident of Jalandhar, police said. Anthony belongs to diocese of Jalandhar, whose Bishop Franco Mulakkal is facing allegations of raping and sexually assaulting a nun.
However, Jalandhar diocese PRO Fr Peter Kavumpuram claimed that the cash, which was recovered by police, was not black money. “There is nothing to hide. He (Anthony) has bills and everything which will be submitted (to the relevant authorities). It is not black money,” he claimed.