5 Popular Scams In India That Will Stir Your Curiosity For The ZEE5 Original Hawala

Sneha Bale

November 19, 2019


1 min

Jain Diaries Scandal

ZEE5 Telugu audiences are in for a rollercoaster ride with its upcoming series, Hawala. As the name suggests, the series is about money-laundering. The story is told through two couples and is set in the backdrop of the old city of Hyderabad. Before you catch all the drama there, here are a few Hawala scams that you should know of.

In 1991, an interrogation with a bunch of Kashmiri militants led to the opening of a larger than life scam, when the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen was arrested in Delhi. During his interrogation, the police found about the four brothers, mainly known as the Jain Brothers – who had been the conduit in funding this organisation. They maintained two dairies with detailed information about each transaction that involved many noted politicians. As the CBI probe went ahead, the officers-in-charge, we moved away, and the task came to a standstill. In 1993, a writ petition was filled by some journalists and finally, in 1997, the Supreme Court ruled a list of 26 pronouncements. One of it, made the director of CBI irreplaceable for two years – ensuring CBI’s functioning unhindered by politicians.

IT Department Scam

In February 2019, a sleuth of the Delhi IT Department had been making rounds to many business organizations settled in old Delhi. A series of raids led to the unearthing of illegal and highly organised money laundering of Rs. 18,000 crore. The search teams have seized signed, un-signed papers, MoUs, agreements, cash loans and interest earned there upon, documents of settlement of financial disputes in cash, receipt of cash in settlement of disputed immovable properties among others of around Rs 100 crore. The total amount of tax evasion detected is expected to be around Rs 20,000 crore, the investigation officer claimed.

Andhra Pradesh Liquor Scam

In 2013, many stores dealing with liquor in the state were selling their products for a higher rate than its MRP. It was through an ACB’s probe that the nexus between the local liquor retailers. government officials and the politicians came out. They were all involved in disseminating the MRP violation. It assumed that said hike in MRP prices was due to the higher rate of the amount required to acquire a liquor license. But this also gave rise to selling liquor without a proper ID or duty. It was also known that the money had been used to serve other purposes by the politicians. The bench had directed the state to act against all the officials whose role was found in the scam. The special government counsel told the bench that the ACB report found involvement of 1122 officials in the illegal activities and that the government accorded permission to permission to proceed against 929 of them.

Realty Scam in Telangana

After the formation of Telangana State, Hyderabad was finally its state-capita. In 2017, a land scam of
Rs 15, 000 crpre came out in the open. Many acres of lands in the city did not have clear titles or owners. Corporations like Google, Microsoft, Tishman Speyer, Shapoorji Pallonji, DLF were affected by this scam. There are scores of dubious land titles in the city, said the owner of a local brokerage firm.

Cash For Vote Scam

During the 2015 elections, Telugu Desam Party MLA, Revanth Redd was caught for corruption. He was allegedly trying to bribe to another nominated MLA to vote for his party’s nominee in the Telangana Legislative Council polls.  ACB officials took Revanth Reddy and two other members, who acted as his aide, into custody after they were caught handing over Rs 50 lakh as bribe to the nominated MLA. He was arrested and sent to 14-day judicial custody.

Stay tuned For Hawala that releases on November 21 to see who is taking whose money and where it is going for what! For now, you can enjoy Gods od Dharmapuri on ZEE5.

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