EC reports rise in cash seizures

March 09, 2017 12:21 am | Updated 03:54 am IST - New Delhi

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.

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