On Monday, ED officials detected cash deposits of over Rs. 104 crore in an account of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party or BSP since the demonetiation. Not only this, another Rs. 1.43 crore have been deposited in the account of former party supremo Mayawati’s brother Anand in a branch of United Bank of India in New Delhi , sources in the Enforcement Directorate said.
Officials said the agency, Enforcement Directorate, as part of its routine survey and enquiry operations to check suspicious and huge cash deposits in banks, visited the Karol Bagh branch of the UBI on Monday and found huge deposits made in these two accounts post-demonetisation.
The ED has sought full details about the two accounts from the bank even as it is understood that the agency will write to the income tax department which has the powers to go into the legality of donations and contributions made to political parties.
The ED has also asked the bank to provide to it CCTV footage and KYC documents used to open the accounts, they said.
The agency has been carrying out enquiry operations at over 50 bank branches to check money laundering after the government scrapped the two high-value currencies of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 on November 8.
However, in a press conference today, Mayawati defended the deposit of money in party’s account saying that the money belongs to the party, which has been deposited following due procedures. “BSP followed rules and procedure to deposit its money in the bank,” she said.
Giving clarifications on the money deposited in her brother’s account she said,” Anand has his own business and he deposited money in bank accounts according to IT rules.
While the search operation is still going on, let’s wait and see what the reality is?