The Election Fee ordered Madhya Pradesh chief election officer on Wednesday to lodge a legal case towards 4 bureaucrats for his or her alleged function in the usage of black cash in the course of the 2019 meeting elections within the state.
The bureaucrats embody IPS officers Sushobhan Banerjee, Sanjay and V Madhu Kumar and state police officer Arun Mishra. “(The) Fee deliberated upon a report, acquired from the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), intimating its search operations in Madhya Pradesh and its findings of intensive use of unaccounted money in the course of the Normal Elections 2019 in Madhya Pradesh,” the EC stated.
“It’s reported that these entities/people engaged in unauthorized and unaccounted money contributions to people on behalf of sure political get together, which is reported to be corroborated throughout searches towards individuals by Revenue Tax division below Part 132 of the Revenue Tax Act, 1961…”
The Fee has directed the chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh to lodge legal motion with the Financial Offences Wing. It has additionally requested the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh for related motion towards State officer. “It was a search and seizure operation carried out by the CBDT. The Fee has discovered actionable proof within the report,” stated an EC official.
Banerjee allegedly acquired Rs25 lakh from Pratik Joshi, whose residence was raided by the revenue tax division final 12 months. Joshi was identified to be a detailed affiliate of Ashwani Sharma, an alleged energy dealer. They have been purportedly in contact with Kamal Nath’s aide and former officer on particular responsibility Pravin Kakkar. Kakkar is presently below investigation by the Revenue Tax division.
In line with the CBDT report, Mane acquired Rs30 lakh, Mishra 7.5 crore and Kumar received over 13 crore. Congress claimed that cash seized belonged to the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering leaders. On April 9, 2019, Kamal Nath alleged that the BJP was making an attempt to exert stress on him. Congress MLA PC Sharma stated, “BJP-led central authorities is misusing the central investigating companies for a very long time. However now the federal government has began pressurising ECI to work within the favour of BJP. That is nothing however a conspiracy towards Congress.”