ED sleuths raid Kolkata trader’s office, recover huge cash

ED sleuths raid Kolkata trader’s office, recover huge cash

Kolkata: The sleuths of the Enforcement Directorate recovered a huge amount of cash from the residential and official premises of a businessman in the city on Saturday, sources said. Counting of currency notes found during the raid was going on and it was estimated that the amount would be more than Rs 7 crore, the officials said.

The ED teams accompanied by the Central armed forces personnel first reached the residence of an advocate at a multi-storied housing complex at 34 Macleod Street under Park Street police station. Another team raided the residence of a businessman Nisar Ali at shani Astabal Lane in Garden Reach, from where the ED sleuths found a huge trunk. The currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 denominations were found in the trunk. The officials immediately brought currency note-counting machines.

Sources further said that Khan failed to specify the sources of this huge cash. According to reports he officially runs a transport business, but he earns money through several illegal means. Meanwhile, the officials also questioned Khan's youngest son, Amir.

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Meanwhile, the third team of ED officials is conducting simultaneous raids and search operations at the residence of a garments trader at Mayurbhanj Road.

This is the third major recovery of cash by ED from Kolkata within a period of less than two months.

In late July, the ED officials, probing the multi- crore West Bengal School Service Commission recruitment irregularities scam, recovered around Rs 50 crore in two phases from two residences of Arpita Mukherjee, the close aide of former West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee.

Both Chatterjee and Mukherjee are under judicial custody.