The government deputy orders an investigation after the EC indicates the distribution of unaccounted for cash
The Madhya Pradesh government asked its Economic Crimes Wing (EOW) on Thursday to conduct an investigation after the Election Commission of India (ECI) wrote that officials, including three officers from the Indian Police Service and an officer from the state police service, were involved in unauthorized activities. distribution of unaccounted for cash during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The state government ordered the investigation in a letter to the EOW. “The ECI letter is attached with the detailed report of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) (4 volumes) dated October 28, 2020,” says the letter written by the General Administration Department (GAD).
The ICE letter was sent to the state government in the third week of December by Madhya Pradesh Election Director Veera Rana. The ECI recently summoned Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains and Additional Chief Secretary (Internal) Rajesh Rajora to it on January 5, after the state government took no action on their letter. .
The GAD letter cited ECI’s instructions to the electoral director, which stated: “In view of the above, the Commission had ordered to send a copy of the CBDT report dated October 28, 2020, together with an extract from the list of government officials involved, to bring criminal action before the designated authority, for example, the Economic Crimes Wing, Madhya Pradesh State, against the data subjects for violation of existing electoral laws and other relevant laws. If you need more information in this regard, you can request it from CBDT ”.
The GAD letter further states, “Letters from the CEO and ECI are being sent with an annex and detailed report from the CBDT to discuss the available facts and the necessary legal actions. The same will be sent after sanction to the same of the competent authority ”.
The names of the officials were found in documents seized during the income tax raids carried out on the establishments of RK Miglani, political adviser to then-Chief Minister Kamal Nath, the former Special Duty Officer (OSD) of the CM at the time Praveen Kakkad and some of his associates April 2019 in Bhopal and Delhi, officials said.
The amounts mentioned in the annex with the names of the IPS officers include Rs 12.50 crore, Rs 30 lacs and Rs 25 lacs, while the amount mentioned against the name of the officer of the state police service is Rs 7.5 crore.
EOW Police Superintendent Rajesh Kumar said: “We have received the recommendation from the state government. We are in the process of presenting a preliminary investigation. ”