A FIR was filed against the DMK’s candidate in Vellore, Kathir Anand, on Wednesday, following cash recoveries made during raids by the Income Tax department.
Kathir Anand is the son of Durai Murugan, the DMK treasurer. Crores of rupees have been seized during searches conducted in recent weeks at multiple locations, including a cement godown owned by Poonjolai Srinivasan, a close associate of Durai Murugan.
Durai Murugan has said the searches were carried out to hinder Kathir Anand’s campaign.
Poonjolai Srinivasan and another man, Damodaran, were also named in the FIR filed on Wednesday. A case was registered under sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with bribery (171E and 171B) and section 125A the Representation of the People Act.
Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said on Tuesday that a report based on the FIR would be sent to the Election Commission. He added that the poll panel would take a decision on the election in Vellore based on that report.
The election in Tamil Nadu takes place on April 18, and features a face-off between an AIADMK weakened by infighting since the death of J Jayalalithaa on one hand, and the DMK on the other. While the first has joined the NDA, its old rival is with the UPA.
The AMMK, led by rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, has also emerged as a contender.
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