New rules: You can deposit more than Rs 5,000 in bank accounts only once till 30 Dec

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Deposits of old notes exceeding Rs 5,000 can be made only once per account until December 30 2016, the RBI and the government clarified on Monday. The new set of limits is to check laundering of unaccounted cash.

If someone has more than Rs 5,000 in old notes, a deposit will only be allowed after the depositor satisfactorily answers why they couldn’t put the money into their account earlier.

The questioning of depositor will be made on record and an audit trail will be created for a ‘later stage’. A satisfactory explanation on the deposit made would be ‘needed’.

What does the new rule say?

As per the RBI guidelines, deposits (using old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000s) in excess of ? 5000 into a bank account will be received for credit only once during the remaining period till December 30, 2016.

What procedure will be followed while making these deposits?

RBI: “The credit in such cases shall be afforded only after questioning tenderer, on record, in the presence of at least two officials of the bank, as to why this could not be deposited earlier and receiving a satisfactory explanation. The explanation should be kept on record to facilitate an audit trail at a later stage.”
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