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Rahman, Mondal served show cause notices

The EC officials said that all of the 47 nominations filed in four districts have passed the scrutiny.

Kolkata |
Updated: March 28, 2014 4:52:14 am

The sub-divisional officers (SDOs) of Rampurhat and Bolpur have served show cause notices to CPM leader Anisur Rahman and TMC heavyweight Anubrata Mondal, respectively, for “openly instigating party workers to indulge in violence” during the polls.

“Both have been given three days’ time to explain why no legal action should be taken against them,” said Amit Roychowdhury, officer on special duty (OSD). He added that after getting their reply, the commission would then decide upon the future course of action.

Referring to the “instigating speech” of TMC MP Saugata Roy, the OSD said that report from the district magistrate of North 24 Parganas, along with the transcripts of Roy’s speech, had been received and forwarded to the Election Commission.

“Digital data of the controversial interview of actor and TMC candidate Dev have been sought as well. The interview was given to a correspondent of a Bengali daily and so there was no way the DM could have video graphed it. The publishing house has been contacted for any taped version of the interview that may be available with them,” Assistant chief electoral officer Amitjyoti Bhattacharya said.

Today being the date for scrutiny of the first phase of the coming general elections, the EC officials said that all of the 47 nominations filed in four districts have passed the scrutiny.

The income tax department has set up a control room to keep a tab on election expenditure and movement of unaccounted cash. The control room was put up on March 19 and will operate until May 12. Mukherjee added that so far 20 complaints have been received.

Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Gopal Mukherjee, informed that the department has has seized Rs 2 crore of unaccounted cash and bullion worth Rs 91 lakh in just a week of raids across the state. “The money seized could not be linked to any political party and the complaint, therefore, has been diverted to the IT department,” H N Singh, nodal officer, said.

Around 135 IT officials, including six flying squads, have been deployed for the purpose. Each squad comprises three members including one assistant director and two assistants.

Meanwhile, a case had been filed against state tourism minister Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury at the English Bazar police station in Malda for allegedly asking an income tax advocate to donate Rs 2 crore to the party fund. The judicial magistrate has directed the investigating officer to submit a report by May 5.

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