Officials of Election Commission today stopped three trucks with Rs 570 crore cash in poll-bound Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur district.
Though the trucks have not been opened yet, the drivers claim that the cash belonged to State Bank of India and is being transported to Vijayawada. The officials are verifying calims that the money was for an inter-bank transfer.
The Election Commission has formed an investigating committee to look into the matter.
“A container has been stopped which was purportedly transferring Rs 195 crore for the bank after doubts were raised,” Tamil Nadu’s chief electoral officer Rajesh Lakhoni said. “Vehicles have not been seized and the containers haven’t been opened. They are likely to be released soon if documents are in order.”
Officials said that the vehicle numbers did not match the documents, aroused suspicion.
According to the police, The flying squad of the election department, along with paramilitary forces, stopped the three trucks during a routine vehicle check on Perumanallur-Kunnathur bypass.
The containers escorted by three cars did not halt and officials chased and stopped them near Chengapalli.
The drivers, who claimed to be policemen from Andhra Pradesh but were not in uniform, told officials they were transferring the money from SBI in Coimbatore to a branch in Visakhapatnam
The Election Commission has so far recovered over Rs 100 crore unaccounted cash in Tamil Nadu since poll notification in March.
Keeping in view the abuse of money power in Tamil Nadu, the Election Commission had last month also issued some special instructions to be followed by observers and members of the surveillance teams deployed in the state.
The Commission had sought “stepped-up vigil” across Tamil Nadu to detect and intercept cash and other inducements being used to lure voters and ensure that a level-playing field is maintained.