Cash to the tune of Rs.35.94 lakh was seized from two different persons in Krishnagiri on Thursday.

A luxurious SUV with Karnataka registration was intercepted by the personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the Krishnagiri toll gate. They unearthed Rs.29.94 lakh unaccounted money from a bag in the car.

The occupant of the car N. Manjunath, hailing from Subbiahpalaya in Bangalore told officials that he was proceeding to Chennai for buying Pocklain and Crane for engineering enterprises.

The cash and the car were seized immediately and were handed over to the Returning Officer and Revenue Divisional Officer A. Noor Mohamed for further inquiry.

Similarly, Rs.6 lakh cash was seized from R. Janarthana Babu of Venkateswara Milk Dairy while he was travelling on a bike in Cooperative Colony in Krishnagiri by a flying squad. Mr. Babu told the officials that he was proceeding to a bank for depositing the collections.

Mr. Noor Mohamed told The Hindu that the money seized from two persons was handed over to the Sub Treasury.

Income tax officials will conduct an enquiry on Friday.

A total of Rs.47 lakh unaccounted money and two cars were seized in Krishnagiri since the announcement of the elections by the EC.

The poll machinery in Coimbatore on Thursday seized Rs.5.5 lakh in cash and two kg of gold during vehicle checks held at various places in and around the city.

On Avanashi Road, a call taxi and two private cars were checked and unaccounted cash of Rs.3.5 lakh, Rs.1.05 lakh and Rs.1 lakh were seized.

In another development, a Static Surveillance Squad constituted by the Election Commission for monitoring the expenditure of polls intercepted a van and found 2 kg of gold bars.

The squad in charge and Deputy Commissioner of Coimbatore Corporation K. Jayaraman and Rajasekaran, Deputy Block Development Officer, said the driver and another occupant in the van could not provide documentary proof and the invoice shown by the crew had discrepancy.

The gold has been deposited with the treasury and the case has been referred to the Income Tax Department.

The officials clarified that people to whom the cash and gold belonged to could always turn up with documentary proof and take back the same.


Over Rs. 5 crore seized by poll officialsApril 5, 2011