The Income Tax department will probe the source of funding and ownership of the money for the garland made of currency notes presented to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati at a rally in Lucknow. The department will check the source of the money estimated to be between Rs 10 to Rs 20 crore, sources said.
The probe will be carried out by the IT department in Lucknow as the venue of the function where Mayawati was presented the garland falls under the jurisdiction of the said directorate. Sources said the I-T department will probe the origin of the Rs 1,000 notes, the bank they have been sourced from and the bank account holder/holder's identity.
The department has also asked its intelligence wing to gather information in this regard including the funding of the entire event that took place to celebrate Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) anniversary. The course of action, which may include undertaking search and survey operations, will be decided once the department gets preliminary information, they said.
The IT department will also probe the genuineness of the currency notes which could be seized for that, they said. PTI