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Rs 30 lakh in form of old currency notes recovered from senior SP leader's vehicle
The Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday seized demonetised currency worth Rs 30 lakh from the vehicle of senior Samajwadi Party leader and former minister Ravidas Mehrotra.

According to media reports, the seized bundles contained old discontinued Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes. The recovery was made by the police during a routine checking in Lucknow from Mehrotra's SUV.

The driver and another person, who were travelling in the car have been arrested. They have been identified as Mobin and Deepak Kumar respectively. Police said the driver attempted to flee from the scene but was apprehended.

Along with the demonetised currency notes, the police also found a licensed revolver from Mehrotra's SUV though he was not present in the car at the time the recoveries were made, an official said.

According to police, a case has been registered at Gomti Nagar Police Station under relevant sections and the investigation is being carried out into the matter.

Anand Prakash, a Station House Officer (SHO) at the Gomti Nagar police station said, "Policemen searched the vehicle to find a polythene bag containing demonetised notes in the denomination of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 with the face value of Rs 30 lakh. A revolver was also recovered from the vehicle. During questioning, the driver and another person travelling in the vehicle told the police that the SUV and the firearm belong to former minister Ravidas Mehrotra. They also told that they were on their way carrying the cash to a person in Gomti Nagar extension area to exchange it with new notes."

On the other hand, the Minister had denied having any link with the demonetised cash and said, "Driver Mobin is employed with me for the past three years and he is reliable. I do not know Deepak. I have no connection with the cash and do not know how the driver and the other man were carrying it in my vehicle."

The SHO also said that Mehrotra is yet to be contacted regarding this case as he is not in the city.

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