Election officials have recovered Rs 1.5 crore cash in 500-rupee bundles from a local office of the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam led by breakaway AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran in Andipatti Assembly segment which comes under the Theni Lok Sabha constituency.
The raid, which started on Tuesday night, ended in the early hours of Wednesday and IT officials said the bundles had markings of ward numbers and number of voters in each ward.
Income-Tax official B Murali Kumar, who was in charge of the investigation team, said all the wards were in the Andipatti Assembly segment. He said a report on the raid would be sent to the Election Commission of India and the Central Board of Direct Taxes.
Theni district collector Pallavi Baldev told reporters that the AMMK men tried to remove the cash when the officials raided their office . The party men tried to resist the officials and the police which led to firing in the air. She said cases under IPC sections relating to obstructing public servants from discharge of their duties had been registered against 150 AMMK men .
Meanwhile, DMK candidate for Thoothukudi Kanimozhi told reporters that late night income-tax raid on her camp residence yielded nothing. She said a team of officials came to search her house. They could not produce any document. Still, she allowed them to search the premises. Later they themselves admitted that they found nothing and that they had acted on a false complaint.
The simultaneous raids followed the cancellation of the Vellore Lok Sabha polls following recovery of Rs 11.5 crore cash from a godown of an associate of DMK tresurer Durai Murugan and from a college run by his son Kathir Anand on March 30. Kathir Anand was DMK candidate .
Terming the cancellation of poll in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency and the income-raids on Kanimozhi’s temporary residence in Thoothukudi where she is contesting against Tamil Nadu BJP State president Tamilisai Soundararajan as an attempt by the Modi and Edappadi regimes to malign his party ahead of the polls, DMK president M K Stalin said ” We will not be cowed down by such intimidations”.