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EC fails to track Rs 43 cr

Candidates in the fray in Tamil Nadu need not worry as the Election Commission has failed to link Rs 43 crore seized with anyone. Chetan Chauhan reports.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2011 08:54 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Candidates in the fray in Tamil Nadu need not worry as the Election Commission has failed to link Rs 43 crore seized with anyone.

The EC has asked the Income Tax department to initiate action against persons, in whose possession the money was found. “We don't have powers to investigate the money trail,” said a senior election commission official.

In Trichy case too, where R5.57 crore was found on top of a bus, the EC failed to substantiate with evidence that the money was meant for DMK minister K N Nehru even though the owner of the bus is said to be related to the minister.

In case of Trinamool Congress leader K D Singh, from whom R57 lakh was seized, the EC has issued a show cause notice to the party. “We have received report from the I-T department,” said deputy election commissioner Alok Shukla. But, sources said that the department has not failed to find evidence that money was meant to fund party's elections in West Bengal.

The commission officials cited weak electoral laws for its failure to curb the influence of money in elections. “We can only issue guidelines to our officials. We don't have the power to take direct action against the candidates,” a senior commission official said.

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