Cash seizure: Case filed against Durai Murugan’s son Kathir Anand

The Katpadi police filed cases against DMK’s Vellore candidate Kathir Anand and party members Poonjolai Srinivasan and Damodaran, in connection with the seizure of Rs 11.48 crore from a cement godown in Nadumottur village in Katpadi region by Income Tax officials.

The FIR has been filed against Kathir Anand under the Representation of People Act for giving “wrong information” in his poll affidavit filed along with his nomination papers, police said without divulging details.

Police said FIR has been filed against two others, identified as Srinivasan and Damodaran, on “bribery” charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Kathir Anand is the son of Durai Murugan, the DMK treasurer. Crores of rupees have been seized during searches conducted in recent weeks at multiple locations, including a cement godown owned by Poonjolai Srinivasan, a close associate of Durai Murugan.

Durai Murugan has said the searches were carried out to hinder Kathir Anand’s campaign. The IT department has submitted a report to the election department on the amount seized and incidents that preceded the raids on March 29 and April 1.

The amount seized was claimed by one Poonjolai Srinivasan that it belonged to him and was meant for distribution to the voters. The huge haul of cash, all in small denominations, was found in packed covers and numbered ward-wise, indicative that they were meant for distribution to voters.

Durai Murugan had then said, “We did not conceal anything,” adding that all his family members were income tax assessees. He alleged the raids were a ”conspiracy” by some political leaders who could not face them in the electoral arena.