DEC keen to curb flow of black money

Last Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 21:57

New Delhi: In an effort to curb flow of black money in the run up to Lok Sabha polls, Delhi Election Commission on Monday directed Income Tax department to keep vigil on movement of cash exceeding Rs 10 lakh through city airports.
"Income Tax Department has been asked to open Air Intelligence Unit at Delhi airports and keep vigil on movement of cash. If any cash exceeding Rs 10 lakh is found, the unit is instructed to take action besides informing my office," said Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev.

Dev on Monday held a meeting with officials from Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and Income Tax department to discuss ways to check flow of black money during the campaigning.

"All Airports, railway stations, Hotels, Farm Houses, Hawala agents, financial brokers, cash couriers, pawn brokers and other suspicious agencies which are likely to be used for the movement of undisclosed cash during election process shall be kept under close surveillance," Dev told reporters.

"Director General of Income Tax (Investigation) has been asked to open 24x7 Control Room and Complaint Monitoring Cell with a Toll Free Number regarding movement of large sums of cash or other items suspected to be used for bribing of electors," he added.

Besides that, banks have been asked to report Income Tax department all cash withdrawal in excess of Rs 10 Lakh by any person.

The Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has been instructed to send real-time information on suspicious transactions and withdrawal of cash in excess of the specified limit from any bank account, said an EC official.

FIU has also been asked to verify details of the assets and liabilities of candidates and send the reports to the Director General of Income Tax (Investigation).

Besides, the Income Tax department is required to submit with EC reports regarding the assets of candidates within six months from the day of polling.

"Income Tax department shall also suo motu verify the information of assets and liabilities of candidates and submit reports to EC within six months from the day of polling," said the official.

Meanwhile, district election officers have been directed to work towards the timely disposal of over 1.7 lakh new voter enrolment forms which were received over the last few days and ensure that citizens got their voter cards on time.

DEOs have also been instructed to start work on setting up one model polling station in each Assembly constituency.

"As part of expenditure monitoring of candidates, DEOs have been asked to give special focus on farmhouse parties and community feasts organised by candidates and political parties.

"In addition, expenses on radio, TV and print advertisements by candidates will be added in their expenditure accounts," Chief Electoral Officer Dev said.

Also, money spent by candidates to promote themselves on social media platforms would be added to their expenditure accounts, he said. Content on social media related to the upcoming polls would also be monitored for violations of the model code, he added.

Giving details of FIRs which have been lodged over alleged violations of the Model Code of Conduct, Dev said 52 such complaints have been registered against political parties.

Apart from that, 45 FIRs have been registered for defacement of public property while seven had been lodged for defacement of private property.

Moreover, 442 and 32 hoardings, respectively, have been removed from public and private properties, he added.

First Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 21:57
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