Deposit banned notes in one go to escape queries: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

NEW DELHI: After tightening rules for depositing old 500 and 1000 rupee notes, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tonight said no questions will be asked if any amount of junked currency is deposited in one go but repeated deposits may raise queries. 

With nearly Rs 13 lakh crore out of the Rs 15.4 lakh crore worth of 500 and 1000 rupee junked already deposited in banks, the government has changed rules to mandate that individuals can deposit over Rs 5,000 in old currency bills only once until December 30 and that too after explaining why it had not been done so far. 

Explaining the rationale behind the move, Jaitley said all exemptions to certain sectors and utilities, which had been allowed to accept the banned currency postdemonetisation, ended last week and all those in possession of the old notes are supposed to deposit them with banks.