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Election Commission's DMK trail

Duraimurugan is the sitting MLA of Vellore and treasurer of DMK party.

, ET Bureau|
Apr 02, 2019, 10.33 AM IST
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The total cash of Rs 11.53 crore was seized along with the labels and envelops.
In a trail strongly connected to the DMK and its sitting MLA Duraimurugan in Tamil Nadu, special EC teams have seized Rs 11.53 crores from a cement godown belonging to a functionary of the party.

The operation coordinated by the recently appointed special expenditure observer for Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh - Madhu Mahajan, an ex Indian Revenue Service officer of the 1982 batch, started on 29-30 March when the flying squad and monitoring teams went to the residence of Duraimurugan in Vellore to check on an input that huge amount of cash was stored for distribution in elections.

Duraimurugan is the sitting MLA of Vellore and treasurer of DMK party and his son DM Kathir Anand is contesting elections for Vellore Parliamentary constituency. He is also the managing trustee of Duraimurugan Educational Trust which runs Kingston Engineering college.

As per EC sources, political party functionaries obstructed the teams for a long time and in the meanwhile, shifted the cash and other material out of the premises.

Based on the leads found and meticulous surveillance, the cash shifted from Kingston college (Duraimurugan Educational Trust), Vellore was found to have been secretly moved to a cement godown belonging to another DMK party man.

A fresh search was conducted on Monday to find cash stuffed in cartons and gunny bags neatly packed for distribution ward-wise with computer printed labels on the packets.

The total cash of Rs 11.53 crore was seized along with the labels and envelops.
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