In West Bengal, the issue of retrieving crore banknotes from the house of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide to the government minister of Mamta Partha Chatterjee, is still a topic of debate. The forfeiture is linked to a West Bengal education recruitment scam. So far, a total of Rs 48 crore and 6 kg gold have been found. Upon assuming guardianship of Partha Chatterjee and Arpita in the case, the executive engages in kicking out secrets from them. However, this was not the first time that such a large amount of cash had been recovered in a raid. Let’s find out some big cases, where people were surprised to see “mountains of notes” during the raid.
July 2022, seizures exceeded 500 crore
On July 6 this year, the Income Tax Department raided around 40 locations in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai. The raids were linked to two Tamil Nadu trading groups. An undisclosed amount of over 500 crores has been recovered during this period. It was reported that both business groups were hiding their taxable income by showing fake purchases and expenses.
ED checks CCTV footage for four missing vehicles from Arpita Mukherjee’s home
March 2022, seizures 224.25
In March, the Income Tax Department recovered an undisclosed sum of Rs 224.25 crore over a raid by a Pune-based startup. It is said that the annual turnover of this startup related to building materials was more than Rs 5,000 crore. Officials reported the largest seizure from a Pune-based startup. In this regard, 14 company locations including Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Noida, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nashik, Sangli and Indore were raided.
December, 2021, seizures 150 crores
This time, GST officers carried out the raid. The raids were carried out at various locations of a businessman named Piyush Jain in Kanpur. Piyush Jain does business related to Pan Masala and Perfume. The head of the Central Council of Indirect Taxes and Customs, Vivek Johari, described it as the largest recovery in the department’s history.
August 2025, Rs 20.07 crore in cash forfeited
This is also related to West Bengal. This Anti-Corruption Bureau recovered from the place of Pranab Adhikari, the architect of Bali municipality. Later, Pranab Adhikari and his son were arrested. Cash of Rs 20.07 crore, post office certificates of Rs 58,000 and jewelry worth Rs 14,000 were recovered in the case. In the same year, the municipality of Bali was merged with the Howrah Municipal Corporation. CPM’s Apurva Lahiri was also raided in this regard.
August 2014, Seizures 390 crores in cash
Rs 390 crore cash recovered in Income Tax Department raid against three builders in Mumbai. These builders are Ame Builders and Property Developers, Swastik Spaces Limited and the Maad Group of Companies. One of these builders was said to be a relative of Hetendra Thakur of the MLC. The search and seizure operation, which began in late July and continued until the first week of August, involved 120 officers. These people searched about 60 buildings and premises related to the office and the company.