Mayawati says money in BSP bank accounts legal, accuses BJP of working with vendetta

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Lucknow, Dec 27, 2016: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Tuesday attacked the BJP government at the Centre, a day after the Enforcement Directorate detected cash deposits totalling over Rs 104 crore in an account belonging to her party and Rs 1.43 crore in another belonging to party her brother, Anand.

Addressing a press briefing in the Uttar Pradesh capital, BSP chief Mayawati said, ’’BSP has always followed rules and procedure to deposit its money in banks.’’

I have been in UP since August 31 and collected money through donations. The money was collected before demonetisation, she added.

Accusing the BJP of anti-Dalit mentality, she said that the ruling party does not want me to become the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh that’s why it is conspiring to defame me and my party.’’

The BSP supremo also accused the BJP of giving an impetus to a possible Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance for next year’s Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

The reactions from the BSP chief came hours after the ED officials said they visited the Karol Bagh branch of the United Bank of India and found huge deposits made in these two accounts after demonetisation.

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.

They said the sleuths called for the records of the deposits made in the  BSP account and found that while  Rs 102 crore was deposited in Rs 1,000 notes, the rest Rs 3 crore was deposited  in the old Rs 500 notes.

Officials said they were were astonished to find huge cash of about Rs 15-17 crore being desposited every other day.

The agency also detected another account in the same branch belonging to Anand, brother of BSP chief Mayawati, where a total of Rs 1.43 crore funds was found.  A sum of 18.98 lakh came into account using the old notes after the ban.

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.

With regard to Anands’s accounts, it is understood, that the agency will soon issue notices to him and also intimate the I-T sleuths for investigation under anti-tax evasion laws.

The agency has been carrying out enquiry operations at over 50 bank branches to check possible instances of hawala dealings and money laundering after the government scrapped the two high value currencies of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 on November 8.

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