Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore had been cancelled on Tuesday following crores in money was seized in the constituency from a DMK candidate’s workplace days prior to voting on April 18.
The Election Commission Monday advisable to the President that elections be cancelled following Vellore police filed a complaint against Kathir Anand and two DMK workers on the basis of a report from the Revenue Tax division on April 10.
Anand was charged below the Representation of the Men and women Act for providing “incorrect information and facts” in his election affidavit, the police mentioned.
The commission’s recommendation was sent to the legislative division of the law ministry Tuesday, which issued the notification.
The Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer has now been informed about the choice. He will, in turn, inform the political parties and candidates about the notification, sources in the government mentioned.
On March 30, Revenue Tax officials had carried out searches at the residence of Anand’s father Durai Murugan more than suspected use of unaccounted money for electioneering, and seized Rs. 10.50 lakh in alleged “excess” money. Two days later, they claimed to have seized Rs 11.53 crore from a cement godown belonging to a DMK leader’s associate in the very same district.
Murugan, on the other hand, mentioned that he had not concealed something. Questioning the timing of the Revenue Tax department’s operation, he had alleged that the raids had been a “conspiracy” by particular political leaders who could not face them in the electoral arena.