Poll body looks for ways to check financial fraud

  • Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 17, 2014 01:29 IST

Ahead of the general elections, the election commission on Thursday held a closed-door meeting with the heads of at least nine government agencies specialising in the prevention and detection of financial fraud and several bank honchos.

“This is for the first time that such a meeting of top officials has been called by the Election Commission of India to check electoral malpractices ahead of the polls. The aim of the meeting was to devise ways and means to plug loopholes in the system and also to explain how money was being diverted,” a top official told HT.

“The agencies were also briefed on ways to keep a tab on illegal expenditures, such as providing free food and organising feasts before the polling day,” the official added.

“While no decision was arrived at, it was more in the form of a deliberation and how the agencies will have to remain vigilant this time around,” said one of the officials who attended the meet.

The agencies invited included the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Enforcement Directorate, Border Security Force, Financial Intelligence Unit, Delhi Police, Central Economic Intelligence Bureau, Central Industrial Security Force and heads of several public sector banks besides top EC officials.

On Tuesday, the EC had reviewed the difficulties and challenges faced in the just-concluded assembly polls in five states.

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