New Delhi, December 1: In one of the biggest seizures of new currency, the Income Tax department on Thursday confiscated over Rs 4 crore in searches against at least two individuals in Bengaluru. Officials said the searches were launched on the premises of an engineer and a contractor.

The sleuths of the department seized over Rs 4 crore in new currency, mostly in denomination of Rs 2000, some notes of Rs 100, demonetized notes of Rs 500 and a few gold biscuits, the officials said.

“Huge stacks of Rs 2000 notes have been recovered. The cash amounts to over Rs 4 crore. The counting of the seized currency is still on.

“This is one the highest seizures of the new currency. Some entry operators and bankers are under the scanner,” a senior I-T department official said.

They said the department has also found a number of identity cards of various individuals from the searched premises which could have been used to illegally change the old currency with new ones.