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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rs.20 crore unaccounted cash seized in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: The Income Tax department's investigation wing has seized unaccounted cash amounting to Rs.20 crore while carrying out vehicle checks across Tamil Nadu, a top election commission official said Friday.

Speaking to reporters here, state chief electoral officer Praveen Kumar said Rs.20 crore was seized on Thursday and the money will be returned after due verification.

The income tax department is carrying out the checks to seize unaccounted cash so that it is not used for distribution to voters.

Praveen Kumar also said voters will be allowed to vote only if they produce the electors photo identity card or the voter's slip to be distributed door to door from April 1 onwards.

He said the election commission would carry out a media campaign urging voters to come and exercise their democratic right - to vote.

The campaign film features movie artists like Jayam Ravi, Suriya and Rohini who are not politically aligned.

The CEO said the election commission will also stick posters `Say Yes to Vote and No to Money' in English and Tamil.

The state is going to polls April 13 to elect a new 234-member assembly.

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