A jeweller flew from Bengaluru to Goa, checked into a five-star hotel, sold jewellery worth Rs 45 lakh to a doctor staying in the same hotel, only to be busted by the income-tax (I-T) sleuths. A search on the buyer led to recovery of Rs 3 crore worth of jewellery.
This is one of the modus operandi by black money holders to use their scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, cracked by the tax department since the government’s demonetisation move on the midnight of November 8.
“A door-to-door sale is being offered by jewellers to their old or loyal customers. We will nab them all, irrespective of the cities they are carrying out these rackets,” said a senior Central Board of Direct Tax (CBDT) official.
The I-T department says it is getting black money holders dodging the system under its lens. They have, it says, been using innovative ways to get rid of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. In one instance, the department found sale of a diamond necklace was split into four bills, with different permanent account numbers (PANs).