New Delhi: A number of hurried donations were made to nearly 100 temples and trusts as soon as Centre decided to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

There was also an increase in the cash reserve of nearly 1,000 cooperative banks and credit societies in Maharashtra which is being closely monitored by the central government.

The suspicious part of the whole rush for temple donations and opening six deposit accounts is that they were triggered immediately after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement of demonetising currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denomination,” a minister told PTI. 

However, the government has issued strict guidelines and said that every such action is closely monitored and corporal action would be initiated against the culprits.

“Some people having unaccounted cash in lakhs of rupees have managed to secure receipts of opening of fixed deposit account. It was possible because these (cooperative) banks operate locally with handful of branches and cater to local banking needs,” the minister told PTI. “In such cases, the unaccounted cash will turn into white money, if people manage to produce all valid documents. We have asked officials from departments concerned to keep a tab on any suspicious transaction, donations or deals,” he added.

First Published | 11 November 2016 8:44 AM
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