National

EC reports rise in cash seizures

The Election Commission of India. File photo

The Election Commission of India. File photo  

Cash seized by the enforcement agencies monitored by the Election Commission (EC) in the five States where the Assembly elections were held during the past month has increased almost four-fold from the amount so impounded in 2012.

“During the 2012 elections, a total of ₹50.78 crore was seized from Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh. This time round, ₹184.85 crore was seized,” an Election Commission official said.

While the highest of ₹119.03 crore was seized from various parts of Uttar Pradesh, ₹58.02 crore was seized from Punjab. The agencies detected ₹3.38 crore in Uttarakhand, ₹2.24 crore in Goa and ₹2.18 crore in Manipur.

Liquor haul

The agencies seized 37.26 lakh litres of liquor estimated ₹83.21 crore from the five States after the Model Code of Conduct was put in place on January 4. As much as 56,191 litres estimated at ₹2.82 crore was seized in 2012.

“The surveillance teams also seized gold, silver and other expensive articles worth ₹52 crore,” the official said.

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Related Topics
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 3, 2020 2:57:55 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ec-reportsrise-in-cash-seizures/article17430055.ece

Next Story