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Jajoria jogs taxman on poll cash

Ranchi, July 25: State chief electoral officer P.K. Jajoria today wrote a letter to director general of income tax department in Patna, inquiring about the action taken on the cash seized from across Jharkhand during Lok Sabha elections, thereby training the spotlight on irregular transactions much before Vidhan Sabha polls.

Chief electoral office sources said unaccounted money recovered in the state amounted to over a crore, the bulk of which came from Hazaribagh and Ramgarh.

Individuals found carrying more than Rs 50,000 at a time were detained for grilling. Most persons claimed the cash had nothing to do with candidates. If they could furnish proof, they got back their money. If they couldn’t, the police handed over cash to I-T officials.

Jajoria said I-T director general (Patna) Ujjwal Choudhary was the nodal officer for raids related to Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand. “We asked Choudhary if the money has been returned to parties after inquiries. If not, we asked what action had been taken against those who failed to justify carrying cash,”Jajoria said.