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Note ban: ED attaches Rs 9,000 cr in black money; pulls up 1k shell firms

Enforcement Directorate is empowered to conduct investigations to trace assets derived out of the proceeds of crime

ANI  |  New Delhi 

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The (ED) has attached worth Rs 9,000 crore after

The department has also registered 3,700 cases under (The Foreign Exchange Management Act) and (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) and taken action against 1,000 shell companies.

On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Modi announced to demonetise Rs 500 and 1,000 banknotes.

Among the main objectives of was the flushing out of and also the conversion of the non-formal economy into a formal economy to expand the base.

The is a civil and the ED is empowered to conduct investigations into suspected contraventions of the foreign exchange laws and regulations, adjudicate, contraventions, and impose penalties on those adjudged to have contravened the

Under the PMLA, which is a criminal law, the ED is empowered to conduct investigations to trace assets derived out of the proceeds of crime, to provisionally attach/ confiscate the same, and to arrest and prosecute the offenders found to be involved in money laundering.

According to government data, as on August 31, there was a quantum jump in enforcement actions based on data.

"There was 158 per cent increase in searches from 447 to 1,152 groups. Seizures increased from Rs 712 crore to Rs 1,469 crore. There was an increase of 38 per cent in the admission of undisclosed income- from Rs 11,226 crore to Rs 1,54,96 crore," said the government.

The Department launched 'Operation Clean Money' (OCM) on January 31, 2017 to analyse the data of the persons who deposited large sums of cash and whose returns of income were not in sync with such deposits.

As per government data, 18,00,000 suspect cases were identified through use of data analytics where cash transactions did not appear to be in line with the profile of depositors in the first phase of OCM.

The government also says that demonetisation has widened the tax-base.

"The number of e-returns of Individual taxpayers filed till 5th August, 2017 (due date of filing) increased to 2.79 crore from 2.22 crore returns filed during the corresponding period of last year, registering an increase of about 57,00,000 returns (25.3%)," says the government.

According to the government, direct tax collections also registered quantum leap.

"Collection of advance tax under personal (i.e. other than Corporate Tax) as on 05.08.2017 showed a growth of about 41.79% over the corresponding period in F.Y. 2016-2017. Collection of self-assessment tax under personal showed a growth of 34.25 per cent over the corresponding period in F.Y. 2016-2017."

November 8 was the first anniversary of the demonetisation.

While the Congress and other opposition parties observed November 8, 2017 as 'black day' across the country to oppose demonetisation, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated it as anti-day.

First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 14:37 IST