50 lakh cash being seized during poll eve.

The matter has been brought upto the income tax department. The department will formally seize the cash and interrogate it into its origin. This happened on Friday.

Source of image: Telegraph India.

Interrogation of the man:

The man, identified as Ravi Shankar Gupta, 43, from BK Pal Avenue, failed to explain the source of the money, police stated. On the eve of the fourth phase of the Assembly elections, this man came under highlight.

While conducting checks, police officers, probed him on Ganesh Chandra Avenue, near Chandni Chowk. He was then handed over to Bowbazar police station.

The model code of conduct of the Election Commission of India does not restrict the amount of money one can carry before or during polls until the latter has proper documents specifying the source if it exceeds Rs. 50, 000.

Officers near Lalbazar informed Gupta was unable to give any explanation as to where he had got the money. He was stopped on Ganesh Chandra Avenue based on a specific tip-off and his bag was examined.

“Bundles of currency notes were found inside the bag. The findings of a preliminary investigation suggests that he (Gupta) is a trader and may have been involved in hawala operations,” said a senior police officer.

The matter has been reported to the income tax department and further investigation will be initiated.

However, the cop said, it was unclear if the money had any link to the political party. Various wings of Calcutta police along with the adjoining commissionerates intensify vehicle checking and often use technological and human inputs to stop illegal transportation of money and arms.

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