With only two days left for the Tamil Nadu assembly elections, the Election Commission has seized three containers carrying Rs 570 crore cash on Saturday morning from Perumanallur town in Tirupur district. The money was allegedly to be used for bribing the voters.
The officials reported that the personnel who were carrying the huge sum of money claimed that the money was being transferred from State Bank of India, Coimbatore to Visakhapatnam. But they failed to show any necessary document to substantiate the truthfulness of their claim.
The seized vehicles have been now kept in the custody of the Tirupur Election officials at the Collectorate Complex.
This is by far the biggest amount of money that has been seized by the ECI.
The flying squad of the election department had to chase down to stop the three cars that were escorting the containers after it did not halt for the routine check. When asked why they had sped away without stopping, they told the police that they feared it was an attempt of robbery and they were unaware that the officials were from election department.
“Preliminary enquiy revealed that the money belonged to SBI. But the security guards didn’t carry original documents but only photocopies. Since it raised suspicion, the incident is being probed,” Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni told reporters.
The ECI is on a tight vigil to conduct fair and peaceful election in the state. Few days ago, they had seized Rs 92 crore. Though it has not been confirmed which party is behind this cash flow, but ECI is expecting more such incidents will take place in the next two days.
Tamil Nadu goes to polls on Monday, May 16. Such instances of cash flow to lure the voters is not something new in the state.
The Logical Indian lauds the efforts made by the ECI of implementing flying squad all across the state and trying to conduct a fair and corruption-less election.