Money being distributed in police jeep: EC

The Election Commission on Tuesday submitted before the Madras High Court that it has received information that money was being distributed in police jeep in poll-bound Tamil Nadu.

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 21:51 PM IST

Chennai: The Election Commission on Tuesday submitted before the Madras High Court that it has received
information that money was being distributed in police jeep in
poll-bound Tamil Nadu.

The EC had filed a counter-affidavit yesterday seeking to
vacate the interim order passed last week.

The court had directed the EC not to conduct any search
and seizure without the concerned authority arriving at the
"subjective satisfaction regarding the nature and source of
information."

When the matter came up before the bench comprising Chief
Justice MY Eqbal and Justice TS Sivagnanam, senior counsel
for the EC, G Rajagopalan said, "The information received from
Departments of Central government is very shocking. Even money
is being distributed in police jeep."

"We have listed where the money was drawn and taken and in
which house money was kept. We have seized 1/10th of the
material of what we got information. Whatever information we
have received up to March 27 we are submitting in the report.
We have not mentioned the names of the officials (who
collected details) as they should not be targeted," the
counsel said.

"The money distribution (to voters) was done with
meticulous planning. We are not able to deal with (a case of)
such magnitude and are trying to deal with it. So far 2900
cases have been registered. We are going to take action
against the police officers who distributed money. These
cannot be anonymous information. Some names (of police
officials) are really shocking," he said.

After hearing submission by the counsel on a batch of writ
petitions filed by Tamil Nadu Minister KPP Samy and others,
the bench reserved its order on the petitions.

Samy, a DMK candidate for the polls, had filed a petition
seeking a direction to EC and its officials to pay Rs 5
crore by way of damages for "loss of reputation" in view of
"unfounded and unauthorised search" at his house.

PTI