Police on Wednesday filed an FIR against DMK’s Vellore candidate for the April 18 Lok Sabha polls and two others in connection with the Income Tax raids held in the district recently. Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo said a report would be sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on the matter after which it will decide the next course of action. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Election 2021: DMK-Congress Finalise Seat-sharing Pact. Congress Given 25 Seats, to Fight Kanyakumari By-poll
The FIR was filed against DMK nominee DM Kathir Anand under the Representation of People Act for giving “wrong information” in his poll affidavit filed along with his nomination papers, police said without divulging details. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021: AIADMK, DMK Continue Seat-sharing Talks, Fate of Sasikala to be Decided
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Anand is the son of senior party leader Durai Murugan.
Meanwhile, Sahoo told reporters in Chennai that following the filing of the FIR, a report will be filed with the ECI.
“An FIR has been lodged. The Income Tax department has given some information too. We will share a report to the ECI (on the matter) and it will take further action,” he said in response to reporters’ queries on the next course of action, including possible countermanding of the polls in Vellore.
Incidentally, during the 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, the ECI had rescinded the election to Thanjavur and Aravakurichi segments following complaints of large-scale money distribution.
Earlier, I-T sleuths had on March 30 conducted searches at the premises owned by Durai Murugan in this district over suspected use of unaccounted money for electioneering and seized Rs 10.50 lakh of alleged “excess” cash.
Two days later, the I-T officials said they had seized Rs 11.53 crore from a cement godown belonging to a DMK leader’s associate in the same district.
Searches were conducted at Durai Murugan’s residence, where some printouts with ward numbers written over them had been found, but the “main person”, indicating the assessee, had dismissed them as “junk”, I-T officials had said.
While a sum of Rs 19 lakh was found during the raid, Rs 10.50 lakh was seized as “excess” after allowing the cash declared in the election affidavit of Anand, they said.
Durai Murugan had then said, “We did not conceal anything,” adding that all his family members were income tax assessees.
He alleged the raids were a ‘conspiracy’ by some political leaders who could not face them in the electoral arena and also questioned the timing of the searches in the midst of a full-fledged election campaign.