Our officials performed their duty professionally and with the utmost courtesy and impartiality, says Commission
After watching a CD, the Election Commission has accused BSP supremo Mayawati of snatching back money from a poll official who was checking the cash found in her possession at the PWD helipad in Gulbarga on April 27 when she went there for Karnataka poll campaigning.
The EC said its officials performed their duty professionally and with the utmost courtesy and impartiality. But Ms. Mayawati did not allow them to count the money found in her possession and ‘snatched’ it. “It is for this reason that the checking team had to repeat the checking.” However, “when Ms. Mayawati gave the explanation that only Rs. 50,000 out of Rs 1,00,000 found in her possession belonged to her, no seizure of the cash was made… ”
The Commission was replying, through its April 30 letter, to BSP general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Satish Chandra Mishra, who had complained against the officials.
Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath and Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and S.N.A. Zaidi said it was, however, “quite surprising that the money changed hands and was not found in her bag when the checking was repeated after a short drive of 15 minutes from the helipad.”
The checking was done as per the EC’s standing instructions which were in consonance with a Supreme Court order.
According to these instructions, if cash exceeding Rs.50,000 is found in a vehicle carrying a candidate, his agent, or a party worker, the money shall be seized. The whole event of checking and seizure should be videographed.
The letter said the instruction for checking baggage was given following allegations of large-scale use of money power in the polls. During the Commission’s visit to Karnataka on March 1 and April 8, all parties, including the BSP, raised the issue of money power and requested the EC to take strict prevention measures.
The EC’s checks had already resulted in seizure of Rs.13.08 crore.
The Commission also pointed out that leaders of all parties were being regularly checked including Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar (BJP) and Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress).
Checks have resulted in seizure of Rs.13.08 crore in Karnataka Leaders of all parties are being regularly checked
Checks have resulted in seizure of Rs.13.08 crore in Karnataka
Leaders of all parties are being regularly checked
‘The officers performed their duty professionally and with the utmost courtesy and impartiality.’