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CBI cracks down on corruption, arms smuggling

  • The searches come a week after the CBI launched a nationwide crackdown against bank frauds
  • The crackdown indicates that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to maintain a no-tolerance policy on black money and corruption

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday carried out searches in 110 places across 19 states and Union territories in connection with cases of corruption, criminal misconduct, and arms smuggling.

The searches come a week after the CBI launched a nationwide crackdown against bank frauds.

The crackdown indicates that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which came back to power for a second consecutive term promising action against the corrupt, is likely to maintain a no-tolerance policy on black money and corruption.

“The CBI has registered around 30 separate cases relating to corruption, criminal misconduct and arms smuggling," the investigation agency’s spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Searches were conducted in several places, including Delhi, Bharatpur, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar, Pune, Jaipur, Goa, Kanpur, Raipur, Hyderabad, Madurai, Kolkata, Rourkela, Ranchi, Bokaro and Lucknow, which span multiple states such as Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar.

On 2 July, the agency had cracked down on cases of bank fraud and had conducted raids at more than 50 locations across 12 states and Union territories.

Last week, the probe agency conducted searches in Delhi, Mumbai, Ludhiana, Thane, Valsad, Pune, Palani, Gaya, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Surat and Kolar, and made recoveries of 640 crore.

The crackdown on 2 July follows the 14,356-crore scam at the Punjab National Bank, involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, reported last year. More than 6,800 cases of bank fraud worth 71,500 crore were reported in 2018-19, according to the Reserve Bank of India.

The CBI and the enforcement directorate are now pushing for the extradition of Modi and Choksi from the UK and Antigua, respectively.

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