CHENNAI: The Election Commission has confirmed seizing more than 100 crores of rupees in election bound Tamil Nadu, where polls are booked to happen on May 16.
Of this, Rs. 37 crore has been returned.
“In Tamil Nadu, we have so far seized more than Rs. 100 crores. We have likewise expanded the numbers of flying squads. Prior just 1,618 flying squads were there. Commission few days before has expanded the number to 6, 100. Presently it has been expanded to 7,500,” Rajesh Lakoni, the Chief Election Officer of Tamil Nadu, told.
“Total number of villages in Tamil Nadu is 12,500. So, almost for every one village there is a flying squad. Almost 70 percent of the villages are covered. Most of the seizures have been house searches, political links have been established. It is for the first time that the Income Tax department has been utilised for searches. More than 200 searches have been conducted all across Tamil Nadu. It is continuing and it will also continue for two-three days,” he added.