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I-T teams to check misuse of cash during LS elections

Sohi said while taking cash from a particular person, one needs to maintain the necessary documents.

H.S.Sohi(left),Director Investigation Income Tax and Sanjeev Kaushal(right) Dy Director and Nodal officer of region for elctions while giving the details in Ludhiana. Gurmeet Singh
H.S.Sohi(left),Director Investigation Income Tax and Sanjeev Kaushal(right) Dy Director and Nodal officer of region for elctions while giving the details in Ludhiana. Gurmeet Singh

To check the misuse of cash during elections, as many as 22 teams of income tax (investigations wing) have been formed across the state comprising 75 officers which will co-ordinate with police.

Sanjeev Kaushal, joint director of income tax (investigations wing) and also nodal officer for checking the flow of cash, said, “One can inform us on our helpline 1800-1800 690 in case one gets any information about cash being carried.”

Though in the Vidhan Sabha elections around Rs 2.5 lakh or above in cash could be carried along with necessary documents, now there was no limit, said H S Sohi, director income tax (investigations) and also the warrant issuing authority for Punjab and J&K.

Sohi said, “One need to carry necessary documents along with a certificate from bank in case the cash has been withdrawn from the bank and self-declaration showing the purpose for which it is to be used.”

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He added that while taking cash from a particular person, one needed to maintain the necessary documents, including PAN card of the person who has given the cash and again the purpose of its usage.

Appealing to the masses to avoid hoax calls, the I-T officers said that their teams had already started work. They added that a person could appeal against the seizure in case he thought that it was done wrongly.