EC cautions people against carrying heavy cash during polls
Shimla: The Election Commission here on Saturday cautioned people against carrying unaccounted cash without supporting valid documents during the polls and said action will be taken against them for violating the orders under the Income Tax Act.
Himachal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Narinder Chauhan today said Static and Mobile Surveillance teams have been formed in this regard and appealed to the citizens to carry documentary evidence in support of possession of cash in excess of Rs 10 lakh.
"Person carrying cash received from the sale of property should carry a copy of agreement or a registered deed. A businessman withdrawing cash from bank should produce bank statement and any cash to be deposited in the bank should be accompanied by copy of cash book of the business concern," he said.
The CEO further said that as per the directions of the EC`s Directorate of Investigation, Income Tax department would seize the cash as reported by Static and Mobile Surveillance teams if the same was not properly explained before the Income Tax authorities.
The cash would be remitted in the lockers and Mal-Khanas at the police stations or Treasury after informing the IT officials.
"They could even conduct search the office and residence of those persons from whom the cash was recovered or any information of availability of huge amount of cash was suspected," he said.
The IT Department would also keep vigil on all the hotels and farm houses and collect daily information from the hotel management or its owners regarding any suspicious movement of cash or gift.
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