Hyderabad: On the request of the Election Commission of India, the Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), is deputing Deputy Director of Income tax Mr Mohan Kumar and Assistant Director, Mr Murali Mohan as nodal officers for Kadapa by-polls to keep an eagle eye on the illegal money transportation and distribution. It has also setup a 24X7 Control Room toll free number 18004251788 to receive complaints on illegal money transportation.
Informing this to the media persons today, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Mr Banwarlal said that the EC has written to the IT department about the allegations of illegal transportation of money. Reacting to it, the Director General of IT has setup a toll free number and deputing two IRS officials as nodal officers to examine money flow in Kadapa Parliament and Pulivendula Assembly by-polls.
“So far, Rs 1,15,36,000 has been seized in seven cases by the police. The Income tax department will investigate as to whom the money belongs and for what purpose the money was being transported. Action would be taken against those who found guilty under IT Act”, he added.
He made it clear that all the necessary steps would be taken to curb distribution of money to influence the voters in by-polls. He asked the people to inform the IT officials on toll free number, if any illegal transportation of money came to their notice.
The CEO also made it clear that there was no truth in the allegation of a political party that only its workers were subjected to bind over by the police. Out of 7,999 bound over persons, only 3,000 belongs to that party and remaining belongs to other political parties, he added.
“Out of 1500 polling stations in by-polls, 1266 were identified as sensitive ones. Sufficient policemen would be deployed at these stations to ensure free and fair elections”, he added.
He also made it clear that outsiders would not be allowed to work as Polling Agents. The Agent must be either a voter of that polling station or belongs to neighbouring village. The ministers may participate in election campaign in individual capacity and they should not use official staff, machinery and vehicles, he added.
“The polling process at maximum number of polling stations will be live web-cast. The people can view the live of polling in the website of CEO. (NSS)