NEW DELHI: President
, acting on the Election Commission’s recommendation, on Tuesday rejected
The constituency of Tamil Nadu over “unlawful activities” of DMK candidate Kathir Anand and some workers of the party as part of a systematic design to influence voters through large-scale distribution of cash.
A notification issued by the EC on Tuesday, said the EC, while making a recommendation to the President on Sunday, informed that “the current electoral process to the polling and the conduct of the said constituency in the 18th of April, 2019 … in such a vitiated atmosphere will severely jeopardise the conduct of free and fair election “. The poll body accordingly recommended to the President to rescind the notification insofar as it relates to Vellore.
The cancellation of Vellore poll – A first for a Lok Sabha constituency on grounds of voter bribery and corrupt practices – followed by a massive stash of Rs 11.48 crore in cash was unearthed during DMK functionary owned by Poonjolai Srinivasan’s brother- in-law Damodaran in Vellore Srinivasan later claimed the ownership of Rs 11.48 crore and in his statement recorded in the 131 of IT Act, that the cash was meant for DMK candidate in favor of voters on the affected.
The Rs 11.48-crore stash was packed in plastic packets with ward wise details. In addition, unused labels, loose sheets with details of ward-wise breakup of voters and documents related to Kingston Engineering College were found from the residence of Damodaran. IT officials believe this cash was possible shifted from either the residence of Kathir Anand and his father Durai Murugan, DMK MLA and treasurer, or Kingston Medical College run by the Durai Murugan Educational Trust, which they had raided a few days ago.
“The fact that the claimant (Srinavasan) does not have any kind of source of income and that the documents found in cash pertain to an institution run by the family of DMK candidate gives the candidate and the sums so found, “The local.
Earlier in 2016, in the Assembly elections in two constituencies – Thanjavur and Aravakurichi – were canceled due to the same reason, followed by rescinding of a bypoll to RK Nagar assembly seat in 2017. All these constituencies are in Tamil Nadu.
In its report dated April 8, the special expenditure observer for Tamil Nadu Madhhu Mahajan said that the searches had unearthed a systematic design to affect voters through inducements, which rp of Section 123 as per “corrupt practices” Act, 1951
Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer in his report dated April 12, said the cash seizure of Rs 11.48 crore with evidence in the form of computer printouts, the proposed assembly segment, ward and booth wise money distribution suggests a clear-cut pattern and design to induce the Electors at a large scale across the Vellore parliamentary constituency.
As per a report compiled by EC on progressive poll-related seizures till April 16, Tamilnadu has the highest cash seizures among states at Rs 204.77 crore, which constitutes 30% of total Rs 683.29-crore all-India seizures. Tamilnadu also accounts for the highest seizures of precious metals valued at Rs 294.38 crore in this election, which is a whopping 57% of the Rs 512.678 crore worth of precious metals seized all over the country till April 16. Even freebies, Tamil Nadu is second only to
And has a 16% share in all-India seizures