Probe underway into seizure of huge coin haul

Bhubaneswar: After the GST officials seized a huge haul of coins from two buses in Bhubaneswar yesterday, the Odisha Police today said that it will probe the matter. The GST officials today questioned Uday Biswal, who was allegedly transporting the coins.

Biswal said that these coins were collected from West Bengal to be supplied to various business establishments in Odisha in exchange of commissions. He even said that he has the necessary permissions from the Reserve Bank of India to carry such transactions.

“We supply the coins in small packets to malls, toll gates and businesses,” Biswal said.

While Biswal denied any criminal racket behind the activity, the GST officials have kept the investigations open, informed sources.

Santosh Mohanty, Additional Commissioner, GST, said “Prima facie this looks to be illegal. The provisions of RBI Act are different from GST. So, we are keeping the investigations open.”

Odisha Police DG, RP Sharma said “The police might investigate if there is any possible criminal angle in the incident.”

Meanwhile, the IT department officials are counting the coins to ascertain the exact amount seized in the raid.

Earlier yesterday, the GST wing of the IT department intercepted two buses after receiving a tip-off about transportation of goods including food and others products without e-way bills. They recovered 20 packets filled with coins and later seized the vehicles. The drivers and helpers of the two buses were also detained by the officials for interrogation.

However, the helpers and drivers of these buses have feigned ignorance about the coins.