Officials on Wednesday seized Rs. 63.5 lakh from a car on way to Alappuzha in Kerala at the Mummudi check-post in Thalaivasal on the Salem district border.P.C. Cherian, 54, owner of the vehicle, of Palathra House at Eramallur in Alappuzha was returning from Chennai after an unsuccessful real estate deal. He said that he was a jeweller and cardamom merchant. He went to Chennai on Tuesday to buy a piece of land.

The money has been handed over to Returning Officer T. Sabapathy, as Mr. Cherian failed to produce valid documents.