The police have reportedly seized Rs. 4.85 lakh cash from a car allegedly belonging to former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s convoy from Jintur in Parbhani.
According to reports, three bags of money were seized at a check post on the border of Gangakhed and Parli on Tuesday. The police also found visiting cards and clothes of Pawar from the intercepted vehicle.
The local police are investigating the case and the FIR will be registered only if the party fails to justify legitimacy of the source and the purpose of carrying the cash.
According to the electoral officials in Parbhani collector office, the party has been asked to explain the source and purpose of carrying the money within two days.
“If the police find the explanation given by the party or the persons involved to be valid, no case will be filed and the cash seized will be released. According to the provisions of the model code of conduct, no person from a the political party can carry cash more than Rs. 50,000,” an official said requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“The cash was found in the former DCM’s convoy, but it is not clear if the car belongs to him or is registered in someone else’s name,” he added.
Some sources said the vehicle belonged to NCP’s local candidate Vijay Bhamble.
The collector office of Parbhani said they were expecting the police to submit their report on the matter by Thursday morning.
Nilesh Gatne, joint chief electoral officer, refused to comment on the case saying that it was being handled by the collectorate.
NCP state president Sunil Tatkare said he was not aware of the incident.
“Star campaigners of a party like Pawar are allowed to carry some cash for travel expenses, campaigns, etc. But I have not received any reports of this [incident],” he said.