The Income-Tax (I-T) department unearthed huge amount of cash stacked in a cement godown in Vellore this morning.
Quoting I-T officials, reports said the cash kept in gunny bags and carton boxes was linked to DMK leader and party treasurer Durai Murugan. His son Kathir Anand is contesting from Vellore on DMK ticket.
Huge wads of cash to the tune of Rs 9 crore, meant for distribution among voters was seized from a private godown in Vellore in Tamil Nadu, reports said.
The cash bundles, which were neatly packed with ward numbers written on them, were recovered from a godown. It is being investigated whether the money was transported to the godown by Durai Murugan.
According to the reports, Income Tax sleuths conducted raids in Vellore despite opposition from the DMK legal cell functionaries, who refused to allow teams of the tax department’s election surveillance and monitoring and district static surveillance and flying squads to hold searches without a warrant.
Meanwhile, strongly condemning the raids by the Income-Tax (I-T) department sleuths on the residence of Durai Murugan, DMK president, M K Stalin termed it as a “blatant abuse of power by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) through the I-T department” in the backdrop of intelligence reports predicting a clean sweep for the DMK-Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu in the April 18 Lok Sabha elections.
In the meantime today, Durai Murugan and Kadhir Anand have approached the Madras High Court to stop the Income-Tax raids on their premises. Anand has pleaded that the raids were being conducted to prevent him from electioneering.