More 20 lakh rupees have allegedly been recovered by officials in Uttar Pradesh's Basti on Thursday along with posters linked to the Congress party. Police is reportedly probing this case further.
As per reports, questions have arisen that as the Congress candidate for Basti constituency, Raj Kishore Singh who was the former Minister for Horticulture in the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led UP government has a major presence in Basti, whether the cash seized is related to the Party's fund. Sources speculate that this investigation may also come under action from the Election Commission.
Visuals show that huge stacks of cash have been seized (amount to approximately 20 lakh rupees) while the posters which were seized feature the face of Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi.
Basti, where polls are scheduled on May 12 in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, will see a battle between sitting MP and BJP leader, Harish Dwivedi and Congress' Raj Kishore Singh.
Previously, the income tax department in NCR, Bhopal, Indore, and Goa-based upon 'credible information' on the 'collection, possession and movement' of sizeable unaccounted assets had raided at least 50 locations in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh against people linked to senior Congress leader and state chief minister Kamal Nath.
After the raid, the Ministry of Finance released a press brief which mentioned how the searches in Delhi in the group of a 'close relative of the senior functionary' have resulted in the seizure of incriminating proof including- cash book recording unaccounted transactions of Rs. 230 crore, siphoning off money through bogus billing of over Rs. 242 crores and evidence of more than 80 companies in Tax havens.
The press brief also mentioned how a part of unaccounted cash worth of Rs. 281 crore was transferred to the headquarter of a 'major political party' in Delhi from Madhya Pradesh.
Earlier in April too, the Vellore Constituency Lok Sabha polls were countermanded after a large sum of cash was allegedly seized from the office of DMK candidate Kathir Anand, who is the son of senior party leader Durai Murugan and a close aide of DMK Chief M K Stalin. Anand was charged under the Representation of People Act for giving "wrong information" in his election affidavit filed along with his nomination papers, police said. The other two, identified as Srinivasan and Damodaran, were booked under bribery charges.