The police has referred the case to the income tax department for further investigation.
Mumbai: The Khandeshwar police, acting on a tip-off, has seized Rs 35 lakh in new denominations and two kilograms of gold biscuits worth Rs 55.96 lakh from an Indica car that was occupied by six people at Adai Circle, in New Panvel, Navi Mumbai.
These six accused, residents of Navi Mumbai and Pune, were released after questioning by the police. They have been identified as Tanaji Mekar (43), Devram Solanki (32), Sukharam Choudhri (38), Raghunath Mohite (30), Santosh Pawar (30) and Suryakant Kande (38). Out of these six, Mohite, Pawar and Kande are jewellers from Pune, who claimed they owned the cash and gold.
The police has referred the case to the income tax department for further investigation. When The Asian Age spoke to senior police inspector G.B. Balwalkar, he said, “The accused were detained for questioning and after they claimed that the money and gold was theirs, we forwarded the case to the I-T department to follow the money trail, after which they were released.”
The department will establish whether the cash and the gold were accounted for, the police said.