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NEW DELHI – Indian National Congress has alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party-led government was involved in a money laundering scam during the 2016 demonetisation drive.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that there was a “sting operation” during which old currency notes were exchanged post-demonetisation for a commission of up to 40 percent.

Sibal claimed that the currency notes worth thousands of crores were printed abroad and transported into India. The Congress leader also claimed that an official of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was also involved.

During the press conference, the former law minister played two video clips, the first of which showed a sting operation in which a government official said BJP’s top leadership was involved in the money exchange operation.

The RAW official, identified as Rahul Ratharekar, claimed to an undercover reporter that officials from 26 departments were involved in the money exchange operation and transported into India by special aircraft.

In another video, the official can be seen carrying out the exchange of old currency for new ones.

The Congress leader added that the act was carried out by those who claimed close proximity to the government and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).