"Shekar Reddy could not show any plausible income to the 34 crore worth new 2000 rupee notes and 129 kg gold recovered from him," a senior official of the Enforcement Directorate told NDTV. His associates -- Srinivasulu and Prem Kumar - who have also been arrested, helped in "laundering money and its conversion to gold," he added.
The two biggest cases of cash recovery after the government's ban on high denomination notes last year -- which involves Mr Reddy and Delhi-based lawyer Rohit Tandon -- are being investigated by at least four agencies: The Enforcement Directorate, the Income Tax department, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Delhi Police. These are considered the two most high-profile black money cases detected following the notes ban in November.
Mr Reddy allegedly has business links with Vikram Rao -- the son of former Tamil Nadu chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao. Mr Rao was removed from his post in December following income tax raids at his home and office in Chennai.