Udaipur : In a joint action, a special operation group and Surajpole police raided a hotel and seized cash 31 .45 lakh rupees from the custody of an Ajmer based publisher, on Saturday from a suitcase in his room. The raid was held late Friday night after the SOG received a tip from an informer about hawala money being carried by the businessman. ” We have seized cash from Prashant Maheshwari who is a resident of Ajmer.
Prima Facie it appears to be hawala money and when the publisher was quizzed about the cash, he could not produce any valid documents in support of the cash he was carrying. We have seized the cash under section 102 of CrPC. Income tax department too has been informed” Udaipur SP Kailash Chandra Bishnoi said. Meanwhile the publisher said that his firm published one week series and has suppliers in Udaipur. He had come to collect payment from the book suppliers and the money seized was the payment received, however the accused couldn’t provide any proof to validate his claims.