Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi has termed as inconclusive the evidence supplied by housing development minister Gautam Deb to prove his allegations that Trinamool Congress has used black money for funding its election campaign.
Deb had met the CEC on Thursday to prove the allegation that he had been making frequently during campaigning. Speaking to the media on Thursday, Quraishi said, "There is no conclusive evidence. Besides all documents are unsigned."
The CEC also said that this is for the first time that the Election Commission (EC) has come across such a situation but still the EC would be conducting an enquiry.
"We would refer the matter to special agencies and also endorse a copy to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)," said Quraishi. "We are conducting an enquiry and let’s see what the findings are. We have to see what the party (against whom the allegation is) says and wait for the reports the banks and the RBI come up with."
During elections, our focus is on expenditure where legitimate money cannot be used illegitimately, for example, legitimate money could not be used to bribe people and influence them, said Quraishi.
Deb met the full bench of Election Commission headed by Quraishi on Thursday and put forward his allegation against Trinamool. After the meeting, Deb said he had provided all details of Trinamool using black money for funding its election campaign.
"Each of the Trinamool Congress candidates was given R15 lakh. Like Amit Mitra, who is a gentleman who opened his account on March 31 and deposited R7 lakh. Rachpal Singh deposited R5 lakh each on April 7 and April 11," said Deb. "I also drew the CEC's attention to the helicopters used by Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee besides producing burnt coupons the Trinamool printed to raise money through subscription."