The CBI carried out searches at multiple locations in Tamil Nadu in connection with a cash-for-votes case during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The central agency has taken over the investigation from the state police, officials said.
An amount of over Rs 11 crores was seized on April 1, 2019 days before the Lok Sabha polls on Vellore seat. Later, the election was cancelled.
“Reliable information was received to the effect that the Income Tax department had conducted a search at the residence of Damodaran, Karigiri Road, Pallikuppam Railway Gate, Katpadi on 01.04.2019 and seized an amount of Rs. 11.48 Crores.
One Srinivasan, No. 10, Subramani Kovil Street, Keel Mottur, Pallikuppam, Katpadi, Vellore, who is a brother in law of Damodaran claimed the seized cash as his own and informed that the amount was meant for distribution to voters in the Vellore Parliamentary Constituency during the Parliamentary Election which was to be held on 18.04.2019,” CBI said.
The searches were conducted at the premises of M Dayanidhi, the then senior manager of Canara Bank, Vellore branch, and two private persons Damodaran and Srinivasan in connection with the case, reports said, quoting officials.
The trio have been booked by the agency in its FIR registered on September 22, on the basis of “reliable information”, related to the recovery of Rs 11.48 crore in newly-printed Rs 200 notes by Income Tax department on April 1, 2019 from the cement godown of Damodaran which were issued from the currency chest of the Canara Bank branch, they said.
In its FIR, the CBI alleged that Srinivasan, a relative of Damodaran, had allegedly claimed that this cash was his own and was meant for distribution to voters in Vellore constituency during the parliamentary elections scheduled on April 18, 2019.
After receiving information from tax authorities, the Election Commission had cancelled the election which was conducted later.