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EC orders check on politicians at airports during campaigning

india Updated: Dec 14, 2011 00:02 IST
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra

Be it state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh or Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal, all politicians now have to undergo frisking before boarding an aircraft in poll-bound Punjab.

In a stringent move aimed at checking the use of black money in the assembly polls, the Election Commission of India (EC) has made frisking and checking of baggage mandatory for members of political parties and their co-passengers.

The rule will be strictly followed at all operational airports, the EC has directed the chief electoral officer of Punjab.

At remote or uncontrolled airports, the local police, in coordination with the pilot, shall ensure all passengers are frisked and their baggage is searched. Even handbags would be screened.

Though chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is exempt from the exercise under the rules, the CEO has sought a clarification from the EC on the procedure if he contests the polls.

If the Central Industrial Security Force detects cash exceeding Rs 10 lakh or bullion weighing 1 kg or more, it has to be reported to the income tax department officials.

If I-T sleuths decide not to seize the cash or bullion, they will have to inform the CEO before the aircraft lands. And the CEO in turn will have to alert the flying squad for action, if necessary.

"The entire operation, from detection till seizure or release, is to be recorded on closed-circuit cameras. CCTVs are to be installed at airports, including the airport office of the intelligence wing of the I-T department," the EC said.