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Case registered against DMK candidate over cash haul
Tamil Nadu

Case registered against DMK candidate over cash haul

S.Murari

The Katpadi police have registered a case against Kathir Anand, son of DMK treasurer Durai Murugan and the party’s candidate in the Lok Sabha constituency in Vellore over seizure of unaccounted cash.

According State Chief Election Officer Satyabrata Sahoo, the case has been registered on a direction from the Election Commission.

Police officials said that a case has been filed under Section 125 (A) of the Representation of the People Act 1951 and Sections 171 (B) (2), 171 (E) of the Indian Penal Code  for filing false affidavits and attempting to bribe voters.

The police have also registered a case against DMK members Poonjolai Srinivasan and Damodaran, in connection with the seizure of Rs 11.48 crore from a cement godown in Nadumottur village in Katpadi region by Income Tax officials.

According to a complaint filed by an election department official, Anand had filed an affidavit with the Election Commission declaring that he and his wife Sangeetha had Rs 7.43 lakh. However, the cash seized from premises belonging to Anand was in excess of that amount.

The IT department has submitted a report to the election department on the amount seized and incidents that preceded the raids on March 29 and April 1.

The amount seized was claimed by one Poonjolai Srinivasan. He is also believed to admitted that the money was meant for distribution to voters.

The cash, all in small denominations, was found in packed covers and numbered ward-wise., indicative that they were meant for distribution to voters.

Durai Murugan has dnied the cash belonged to him or to any of his relatives or associates.

Party president M K Stalin. has said the targeted raid by the IT department is part of a plot by the Modi Government to get the Vellore election countermanded  so that simultaneous by-election in Ambur and Gudiyatham Assembly segments in this constituency will also get deferred.

The idea, he has said,is  to give a breather to the Edappadi Palanisami Government which has only a working majority in the Tamil Nadu Assembly after disqualification of 18 AIADMK legislators.

Reports quoting official sources say the cash was kept inside the engineering colleges owned by Anand and it was moved on the night of March 29 when Durai Murugan’s house was raided.

The IT also has claimed to have made a bigger haul of Rs 11.48 crore from a cement godown belonging to a client of Durai Murugan who is an advocate.

The police said the IT Department sent a report to the EC and instructions were issued to Vellore Superintendent of Police to proceed against Anand and others.