02/12/2016 10:46 AM IST | Updated 02/12/2016 4:10 PM IST

BJP Leader Who Was 'Ready To Stand In A Queue For His Country' Nabbed With Rs 20 Lakh In New Currency


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NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 13: A lady holds a 2000 rupee currency as she waits in a long queue to withdraw or deposit their old currency Rs. 500 and 1000 outside a bank at Connaught Place, on November 13, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Tempers frayed as hundreds of thousands of people queued for hours outside banks to swap 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes after the notes were abolished earlier in the week. Nearly half of India's 2,02,000 ATMs were shut on Friday and those that operated quickly ran out of the new notes as scores of people descended upon them. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the scrapping of higher denomination currency notes, Bharatiya Janata Party's youth wing secretary from Salem, JVR Arun, was at the forefront, championing demonetisation.

In fact, he had put up a post on Facebook stating that he was willing to stand in a queue if that would help the progress of his country. The Tamil Nadu police on Saturday nabbed him with bundles of currency notes worth more than Rs 20 lakh. One can safely assume that he did not take that much cash out by standing in bank or ATM queues.

The Indian Express reported that there were 926 notes of Rs 2,000 denomination in the seized cash. "We intercepted his car and found a bag with a total of 926 pieces of Rs 2000, 1530 of Rs 100 and 1000 of Rs 50. We gave him enough time to produce proper details and bank accounts, but he could not explain the source the money," a police officer told the paper.

His party has sent him a showcause notice.