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EC will keep an eye on bank channels to curb money power in upcoming polls

The task of monitoring banking channels will be carried out by the financial intelligence unit of the Income Tax department

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sunil Arora
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora flanked by Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa (L) and Sunil Chandra during a press conference regarding Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly Elections, at Election Commission in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Chief Election Commissioner on Saturday said banking channels will be monitored to prevent misuse of money power in Maharashtra and Haryana where assembly polls will be held on October 21.

Addressing a press conference to announce poll dates for the two states, he said banking channels, including cooperative banks, will be monitored to prevent misuse of money power.

Arora also said former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers Madhu Mahajan and P Murli Kumar will be appointed as special observers in Maharashtra. Sources later said while Mahajan will be posted in Mumbai, Kumar will be deployed in Pune.

The task of monitoring banking channels will be carried out by the financial intelligence unit of the Income Tax department. The officials will check huge financial transactions to ensure money is not used to lure voters, the sources said.

For greater transparency and for ease of monitoring of election expenses, candidates are required to open a separate bank account and incur their election expenses from that very account.

An Election Commission statement said the Investigation Directorate of the Income Tax department has been asked to activate air intelligence units in the airports of the two states and also to gather intelligence and take necessary action against movement of large sums of money there.

First Published: Sat, September 21 2019. 17:50 IST