DMK demands CBI probe into seizure of Rs 570 crore


The M Karunanidhi-led DMK has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the seizure of Rs 570 crore by an Election Commission team near Coimbatore.

In a letter to prime minister Narendra Modi, copies of which were released to the media here, DMK press relation secretary T K S Elangovan said as per RBI guidelines, whenever huge monies were to be transported between the currency chest of the same or different banks within the State or Inter-State, the same has to be done only through Rail and has to be escorted by the local Police.

“The surveillance team found that the documents submitted by these persons did not have the vehicle numbers of the container lorries. The security officers who accompanied the vehicles belonged to Andhra Pradesh and were not in uniform,” he said.

Elangovan said it was given to understand that after a lapse of 18 hours after the seizure of cash some letters were created in the name of State Bank of India (SBI) and the Income Tax department made a claim before the Chief Electoral Officer requesting transport of the three containers to SBI Treasury Branch Coimbatore.

”We therefore request the Prime Minister to kindly interfere and direct the CBI and Enforcement Directorate authorities to conduct an impartial, independent, thorough and transparent investigation into the above issue”, Elangovan said.

Elangovan has also sent a representation to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Election Commissioner Nazim Zaidi, Reserve Bank of India’s Governor Raghuram Rajan, CBI Director and others.