The documents, including land ownership records, blank cheques and promissory notes, found stashed in lockers in the prestigious Bowring Institute on St. Mark’s Road in Bengaluru on Friday are expected to bridge “missing links” in some other important ongoing cases.

The documents, in the initial probe, are likely to lead Income Tax sleuths further in some old cases, sources said. The land papers that have been seized could be among those pledged by land owners/developers at various points in time and are roughly estimated to be worth Rs. 800 crore at current market value.

Sources said that of the documents that were seized, some had links to powerful politicians in the State. An unidentified person had reached out to club authorities on Friday itself seeking a particular file that was among those recovered. The person, who on being threatened to be handed over to the police, ran out of the club. He claimed to have come on behalf of a politician and asked for a file that had a particular colour.

“In fact, the person pointed out to the file while I-T officials were still present,” sources said.

Institute’s secretary H.S. Srikanth on Saturday told presspersons that the documents, cash and jewellery had been found on Friday while club authorities had taken up a clearance drive of unauthorised lockers.

Avinash Amarlal Kukreja, a city-based financier hailing from Rajasthan, has claimed ownership of the lockers. His residential and business premises have been searched by I-T officials following the surprise find. The land parcels, in most documents, are over 10 acres and located in Devanahalli and Begur (between Bannerghatta Road and Hosur Road) that have been witnessing huge real estate development.

Blank cheques

Sources said that besides blank cheques that were issued for as high a sum as Rs. 50 crore, authorities also found a new cheque book with signatures on all the cheque leaves that were also blank. “Not a single leaf has been used in the book. Promissory notes have also been found,” sources said.

The I-T officials, who were on the institute premises since being called on Friday, finally wound up the search operation on Saturday night. Sources said that a locker belonging to Mr. Kukreja in another prestigious institute was also opened. The I-T authorities are yet to make a statement on what has been found during the searches on Mr. Kukreja’s properties.

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