Cyberabad police seized Rs. 45.10 lakh from K. Kamala, wife of former Minister K. Parthasarathy who is contesting on YSRC ticket from Machilipatnam Lok Sabha constituency, at Vanasthalipuram on Friday.

Ms. Kamala was proceeding to Vijayawada in ‘Vennela’, bus of APSRTC, when the special operations team, on a tip-off, intercepted it near Autonagar a little after Thursday midnight. When they checked the laptop bag, they stumbled upon the currency bundles. Ms. Kamala claimed that she was managing director of Nitin Sai Constructions, which had taken up some construction work at Hanuman Junction in Vijayawada. “She said the money had nothing to do with her husband. She maintained that she had to pay salaries to her employees and hence carried the sum,” Vanasthalipuram ACP L. Anand Bhaskar said. Most of the notes were old. There were 21 bundles of Rs. 1,000 denomination, 47 bundles of Rs. 500 denomination and one bundle of Rs. 100 denomination. A criminal case under Sections 171B (offering bribe to lure voters) and 171E (punishment for bribery) of IPC was registered. No arrests were made. The amount was sent to the custody of Income Tax officials who suggested that it be deposited with the government treasury office. Meanwhile, sources said that ECI officials were coming from Delhi to look into the case.