A few hours after Karnataka was hit by the fake voter ID scandal, flying squads of the Election Commission reportedly seized Rs 8 lakh unaccounted cash from the house of BJP district president Virupaksha in Koppal’s Gangawati.
According to media reports, the EC team also recovered Rs 30,000 in cash from the house of Congress leader Shamid Maniyar.
More details regarding the matter are awaited.
In other news, 9,746 voter ID cards were found from a flat in SLV Park View Apartment in Bengaluru’s Jalahalli locality late Tuesday night following which the Election Commission ordered an inquiry.
Earlier, it was reported that the Election Commission-appointed surveillance teams had so far seized suspected cash, jewellery and other inducements worth over Rs 125 crore in poll-bound Karnataka.
Over Rs 75.94 crore in cash, over 5 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 23.98 crore, gold valued at Rs 43.25 crore and other items such as pressure cookers, sarees, sewing machines, gutkha, laptops and vehicles worth about Rs 19.21 crore, were seized, according to the official data updated till May 7.
An official said Rs 37.02 crore in cash, out of the total seizures of over Rs 162.79 crore, had been released after verification.
The figure also includes seized narcotics worth more than Rs 39.80 lakh. The data has been compiled since the declaration of the election for the Karnataka Assembly.
The seizures have been made by various surveillance, police and Income Tax Department teams that have been deployed in the state by the poll panel to check the use of black money and illegal inducements, the official said.
The state will go to polls on May 12. The counting of votes is scheduled for May 15.
(With agency inputs)