I-T department seizes Rs 1.48 crore for bribing voters in Tamil Nadu

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Chennai: The Income Tax (I-T) department has seized Rs 1.48 crore cash suspected to bribe voters in Theni district in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

The place will go for assembly by poll scheduled on Thursday.

According to reports, unaccounted cash worth Rs 1.48 crore was seized. It was neatly packed in 94 packets and envelops on which the ward number, number of voters and the amount of Rs 300 per voter was written, officials said.

I-T Director General (investigations) B Murali Kumar said the overnight raids were concluded at 5:30 AM.

“All these wards are within the Andipatti assembly segment which is going to by poll tomorrow,” the officer said. He said that the premises belongs to a functionary of the AMMK party.

A senior official said the department will send a report on the operation to the Central Board of Direct Taxes and the Election Commission in New Delhi.

Reports said the tax department launched a search at a store Tuesday night following inputs about suspected cash.

During the raids, police had to open fire in the air to disperse supporters of the TTV Dhinakaran-led AMMK who objected to the action.

No one was injured in the firing, a senior official said.

Four AMMK volunteers were detained in connection with the incident.

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