By-poll: IT sleuths to keep tab on cash transactions at hotels, farm houses
In a bid to check the use of money power in the July 11 Dasuya by-election, Election Commission of India (EC) has asked income tax (IT) authorities to mount surveillance at hotels and farm houses in Hoshiarpur district to detect 'suspicious' cash and other transactions related with the poll process.punjab Updated: Jun 20, 2012 23:42 IST
In a bid to check the use of money power in the July 11 Dasuya by-election, Election Commission of India (EC) has asked income tax (IT) authorities to mount surveillance at hotels and farm houses in Hoshiarpur district to detect 'suspicious' cash and other transactions related with the poll process.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Deepinder Singh, district election officer (DEO), said that the IT sleuths, on detecting such suspicious cash or other transactions would collect and examine information on these deals from the owners or managers of the hotels and farm houses and report the same to the poll officials concerned. "This will act as a deterrent and ensure free and fair elections," he said.
Singh also instructed the banks to submit a daily report to the poll officials about customers, who will withdraw more than Rs 1 lakh in 'suspicious' manner.
"The IT department will examine and initiate requisite action in cash withdrawal transactions of more than Rs 10 lakh a day," he said.
Candidates would have to open a separate election account in a bank before submitting his or her nomination papers, he said, adding that the banks have been instructed to open separate election account counters so that candidates or their representatives did not face any difficulty in depositing or withdrawal of money from these accounts.
The DEO added that a candidate could jointly operate the election account with his or her election agent only. "The candidate's family members or any other person shall not operate such a bank account," he said.
The EC has also imposed a ban on circulation of 'objectionable' SMSes. "The SMSes, which violate the provisions of the Representation of People Act, will be dealt with as per law. The citizens can report such SMSes to the nearest police station for legal action," the DEO added.
To check the concept of paid news, the district media certification and monitoring committee would continuously examine contents of TV channels, newspapers and cable TV networks.