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Tamil Nadu: I-T dept seizes Rs 1.48 cr 'bribe' cash linked to AMMK

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Wednesday seized Rs 1.48 crore cash stashed allegedly by supporters of TTV Dhinakaran's to bribe voters in Tamil Nadu's district, where an assembly bypoll is scheduled Thursday.

Unaccounted cash worth Rs 1.48 crore was seized. It was neatly packed in 94 packets and envelops on which the ward number, number of voters and the amount of Rs 300 per voter was written, I-T (investigations) B Murali said, after the overnight raids concluded at 5:30 AM.

"All these wards are within the Andipatti assembly segment which is going to bypoll tomorrow," the added.

added that the premises belongs to a functionary of the

Infact, the office functions from the ground floor of the premises, he said.

The department will send a report on the operation to the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the policy-making body for the tax department, and the Election Commission in New Delhi, a senior said.

The tax department had launched a search at a store Tuesday night following inputs about suspected cash being stashed at a location.

During the raids, police had to open fire in the air to disperse supporters of the AMMK ( Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam) who objected to the action.

The said the "sworn statement of the person present on the premises was recorded and he said that Rs 2 crore in cash was brought in there for distribution to voters in Andipatti panchayat union area on April 16."

Describing the raids, the said initially a group of party workers overpowered the flying squad persons, comprising district EC authorities and I-T officials, standing outside the premises. The workers allegedly also broke open the door and snatched some cash packets.

No one was injured in the firing, a said. Four AMMK volunteers were detained in connection with the incident.

The miscreants dropped some cash packets and fled with a few. The remaining cash in 94 bundles (Rs 1.48 crore) was seized by the department along with the envelopes, he said.

A postal ballot paper for Andipatti assembly by-election, which was already marked for an AMMK candidate, was also found on the premises and seized, he said.

Photographs of the store clicked by the sleuths showed bundles of Rs 500 and some of Rs 2,000 notes.

The of Police reached the spot and supervised the security, the official said.

The district police has filed an FIR against a number of persons, he added.

votes on April 18 for the Lok Sabha as well.

Earlier, the Election Commission countermanded election to the Vellore parliamentary constituency on charges of illegal cash being used to lure voters there.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 14:45 IST