EC flying squad seizes 12 lakh unaccounted cash from Sion, 19 lakh from Thane
The flying squad of the Election Commission of India (ECI) has made two seizures of unaccounted cash in the last 48 hours, including one from Mumbai and one from Thane.
In the most recent case, the team seized Rs 11.85 lakh unaccounted cash from Sion on Thursday. Specific details about the seizure are yet to be made public.
Before that on Wednesday, a poll surveillance team seized Rs 19 lakh cash from a car in Thane city. The team intercepted the car, belonging to an architect, Durgesh Nadkarni, in Kolshet area on Wednesday and found the cash in it.
Nadkarni claimed he was carrying the cash to some construction sites in Navi Mumbai area for payment to workers. The Income Tax department was subsequently alerted about the seizure and will take further action in the matter.
The seizures come as voting for 10 Lok Sabha seats which fall under Maharashtra’s Vidarbha and Marathwada regions is underway in the second phase of polling.
A huge amount of unaccounted money is being recovered in raids and searches by authorities across the country since Model Code of Conduct came into effect with the announcement of the poll dates on March 10.
The central agencies and the EC have been conducting raids and searches across the states to ensure illegal money is not used to influence voters in the ensuing general elections.
Over Rs 135 crore unaccounted cash was recovered from raids conducted by the Income Tax (IT) department and the EC across Tamil Nadu, the commission said Tuesday.