Officials of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and vigilance wing of postal department jointly carried out ‘surprise checks’ at post offices in Hyderabad on Thursday.
CBI officials obtained inputs about irregularities in post offices in terms of amount being accepted in old 500, 1000 rupee notes after demonetisation. Simultaneous raids were conducted on as many as eight post offices in Hyderabad city.
At around 2 pm on Thursday, CBI officials led by its senior officers and vigilance wing of postal departments visited the postal office headquarters at Abids and its branches at various places.
RS 40 LAKH SEIZED FROM HIMAYATNAGAR POST OFFICE
Reports suggest that during the raids, cash worth Rs 40 lakh was seized from Himayatnagar post office.
CBI officials interrogated the post office staff, inspecting their records and cash reserves relating to transactions since November 9.
CBI GOT COMPLAINTS ABOUT POST OFFICE STAFF
Sources say that the CBI has received complaints that some post office staff are allegedly exchanging the demonetised high-currency notes illegally.
The sleuths are also verifying certain savings accounts, where a huge amount of money has been deposited post the demonetisation announcement. The checks would continue for another two to three days.
Meanwhile, the postal department officials stated that these were regular checks by CBI and vigilance wing officials.
Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Hyderabad City Division, K Sudheer Babu said CBI teams, in their visits, haven’t found any irregularities till now.