Tamil Nadu: Polls May Be Cancelled For Seat, After Cash Haul At DMK Office

Tamil Nadu: Polls May Be Cancelled For Seat, After Cash Haul At DMK Office

Tamil Nadu: Polls May Be Cancelled For Seat, After Cash Haul At DMK Office

New Delhi: According to the sources, the Election Commission today decided to cancel the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu's Vellore. This step comes after a large sum of cash was allegedly seized from a DMK candidate's office a few days ago. A complaint against the accused, Kathir Anand, as well as two party functionaries was filed by the district police on the basis of a report from the Income Tax department on April 10.

"A recommendation to cancel Lok Sabha polling in Vellore has been sent to the President," sources quoted the Election Commission as saying.

The accused was charged under the Representation of People Act for giving "wrong information" in his election affidavit filed along with his nomination papers, police said. Srinivasan and Damodaran, the other two were booked under bribery charges.

Mr Anand is the son of senior party leader Durai Murugan.

The officials of the Income Tax Department had conducted searches, on March 30,  at Durai Murugan's residence over suspected use of unaccounted money for electioneering, and seized Rs. 10.50 lakh in alleged "excess" cash. Two days later, the they claimed to have seized Rs. 11.53 crore from a cement godown belonging to a DMK leader's associate in the same district.

However, Mr Murugan said that he had not concealed anything. Questioning the timing of the Income Tax department's operation, he alleged that the raids were a "conspiracy" by certain political leaders who could not face them in the electoral arena.

(With inputs from PTI)