Tamil Nadu witnessed high voltage drama last night when a team compromising of Income Tax and Election Commission officers landed at the doorsteps of DMK treasurer Durai Murugan at around 10pm. The officials wanted to conduct searches at the premises. However Murugan and other DMK leaders who were present at the house, barred the search operations citing that the team did not have jurisdiction authority in the area.
According to one report in The New Indian Express, the search was to be carried out under Article 131 of the IT Act. “A three-member team was present at the house when we returned from election campaign. When we asked what they had come for, the official said they were from the Income Tax department and wanted to search the house. However, the search warrant they carried denoted cash movements (flying squad search) under the jurisdiction of Arakkonam parliamentary constituency, and it was not applicable to conducting search at the house.This attempt is politically motivated and the officials are not abiding by the laws. We are ready to cooperate with the search if it is legally carried out, ” the newspaper quoted Paranthaman, joint secretary of DMK’s legal wing, as saying.
However the IT officials did not give up their plans as a new warrant was issued at midnight for Vellore region. The IT team returned at 3am and conducted searches for several hours.
The Election Commission has been leading a crackdown on cash distribution across the state even as the Model Code of Conduct is in place across the country. In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, Tamil Nadu has witnessed the highest amount of cash seizures in India.
Tamil Nadu will go for Loksabha polls on April 18th.