Thursday, May 6, 2021
Home News Reports I-T department seizes Rs. 8 crores from North East Region, highest ever seizure from...

I-T department seizes Rs. 8 crores from North East Region, highest ever seizure from NE during elections

This confiscation was possible because while preparing for the elections the expenditure sensitive locations were timely pinpointed in consultation with state authorities and police

Amidst the ongoing Lok Sabha elections the Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation), North East Region (NER) has made a record-breaking seizure of Rs 8 crore, which is the highest seizure made during general elections in the North East.

According to the Income Tax department, cash to the tune of Rs 1.21 crore was seized during Election Expenditure Monitoring for 2014 elections.

“Directorate of Income Tax Investigation, NER has exceeded all previous records of cash seizures made during general elections in the North East. For the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the last polling date in north-east is April 23. The Directorate has made cash seizure exceeding Rs 8 crores till April 22, which is nearly 7 times the previous haul. This amount compares favourably even with many other jurisdictions, which have much higher tax revenue base than North East”.

This confiscation was possible because while preparing for the elections the expenditure sensitive locations were timely pinpointed in consultation with state authorities and police, said Principal Director of Income Tax Investigation for NER, Sanjay Bahadur.

The department further informed that “The limited manpower of about 150 officials was strategically deployed to set up an extensive network of surveillance units to cover 112 districts and in 12 Air Intelligence Units (AIUs) for interception of unexplained cash.”

It said further that the Special Task Force which was constituted on April 22 and jointly headed by Subhrajyoti Bhattacharjee, Additional Director and Nodal Officer and Mrinal Das, Joint Director heading AIUs, was given the responsibility of investigating suspicious high-value cash deposits and withdrawals in 68 banks operating in North East.

The Special Task Force will submit the results of its preliminary investigations within one month. After that strict consequential action, as per tax laws, will be initiated wherever unexplained cash deposits are found.

Usually, such illegal transactions and relocation of cash become rampant in every election season. Recently, a huge cache of cash was gutted in fire after a truck carrying the notes caught fire in South Kashmir. Since this cash was discovered during the poll season, the main focal point of the investigation would be whether the cash was meant to be used during the poll campaigning and which party or candidate did it belong to.

Similarly, the IT department in Karnataka had, recently, recovered Rs 2.3 crore in cash from the spare tyre of a vehicle.

Throwing light on the shocking details about the extent of illicit money being circulated during the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India had released data, according to which the IT sleuths had seized cash and contraband amounting to over Rs 2,600 crores until April 17 of this year. This comes as a shocker, considering only two phases of 2019 Lok Sabha elections have concluded so far and the amount seized until now is already almost double of that seized during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Karnataka Congress shares morphed image to allege BJP MP Tejasvi Surya’s link with BBMP bed scam after Congress supporter arrested in the case

Karnataka Congress morphed a photo to claimed that BBMP bed scam accused Congress supporter is actually BJP supporter

Fact sheet: Central govt’s Rs 190 crore a month subsidy on food grains vs Delhi govt’s Rs 8 crore a month free ration scheme...

While central govt provides free food grain under PMGKAY and wheat & rice at ₹2 and ₹3 under NFSA, Delhi govt is subsidising that ₹2 and ₹3

The orphans of Covid-19: Everything you need to know about legal adoption and govt rules

India has strict rules for parents who want to adopt a child. No individual, NGO or organization can take in a child without permission from the authorities.

Did a teacher in Karnataka die after self-administering lime juice to treat Covid-19? Here are the facts

Following the unfortunate death of Basavaraj and the subsequent misinformation peddled by media groups targeting the BJP leader and businessman Vijay Sankeshwar, the family members of the deceased teacher have come out in public to quell the misinformation about his death.

Bengal post-poll violence: Over a lakh people have fled from Bengal, says BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari

In recently concluded polls, TMC won 213 out of 292 seats while BJP won 77 seats. Suvendu Adhikari defeated West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.

Assam BJP disbands its minority cell after failing to make inroads in the Muslim-dominated areas in assembly elections

BJP said that the party has won fewer votes than the 20-member booth committees present in the minority dominated areas in Assam

Recently Popular

‘Out of control’ Chinese rocket falling back on Earth and no one knows where it is going to crash: Details

After launching space station hub, China's Long March 5B is doing 27,600km/h in failing orbit, with eventual crash site unknown.

Birbhum SP denies reports of rape of polling agents in Bengal’s post-poll violence

In light of the bloodshed and unspeakable atrocities committed against its party workers, the BJP has announced a nationwide dharna on May 5.

Bengal post-poll violence: TMC goons attack BSF jawans, set their homes on fire, Network 18 journalist reveals

Earlier, TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had demonised the central paramilitary forces. She had even urged the party supporters to 'gherao' them during elections.

Banished by Twitter and Facebook, former US President Donald Trump launches his own communications platform

Trump's senior advisor Jason Miller additionally informed that this is not the social media platform they talked about and that the plans to launch the same remain intact.

Bullied by liberals, Pat Cummins reallocates his contribution from PM CARES to UNICEF Australia

Australian cricketer Pat Cummins has announced that he has relocated his donation to UNICEF Australia from the PM CARES fund.

Assam BJP disbands its minority cell after failing to make inroads in the Muslim-dominated areas in assembly elections

BJP said that the party has won fewer votes than the 20-member booth committees present in the minority dominated areas in Assam
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

254,757FansLike
538,004FollowersFollow
24,300SubscribersSubscribe