In what led to a stir by Congress workers, the Election Commission conducted searches at party MP and Lok Sabha candidate Vilas Muttemwar’s premises on the Great Nag Road on Friday, a day before party president Sonia Gandhi is to address a poll rally in the city.
The search that lasted over five hours also involved I-T officials.
Officials said only Rs 5.70 lakh cash was found from a room in the building that houses office of VRS Infrastructure, a firm run by Muttemwar’s son. Even as a crowd of Congress leaders and supporters gathered at the place, Muttemwar strongly protested saying the searches were carried out at the behest of Narendra Modi and Nitin Gadkari.
An official said that they found some poll material that should not have been there since the building did not house Muttemwar’s poll office. “Some envelopes were found. An FIR will be lodged.”