The Income Tax Office of Monday categorically denies reports of destruction of evidence in cases related to money laundering by diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi during the recent fire in Mumbai's Scindia House.
On June 1, a fire had broken out at the Scindia House-based Income Tax office. The blaze was quickly doused and no injuries or casualties were reported. Soon after the fire, speculations were rife that documents related to the IT department's investigation into the fund embezzlement by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi in the multi-billion PNB fraud were burnt in the blaze. However, the department today took to Twitter to deny the reports.
"News reports appearing in some sections of media alleging that records/documents relating to the investigation of Nirav Modi/Mehul Choksi have been destroyed in the Scindia House fire in IT Office, Mumbai are completely false & misdirected," the official handle of IT department said.
News reports appearing in some sections of media alleging that records/documents relating to investigation of Nirav Modi/Mehul Choksi have been destroyed in the Scindia House fire in ITOffice,Mumbai are completely false & misdirected @PMOIndia @FinMinIndia @arunjaitley @adhia03— Income Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) June 3, 2018
The Scindia House, a well-known landmark in South Mumbai, also houses the office of the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT).