The Election Commission on Tuesday cancelled the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency polls after Rs. 11.5 crore in cash was allegedly seized from a warehouse belonging to a DMK candidate earlier this month.
“Accepting the recommendation of the Election Commission dated 14th April 2019, President has rescinded the election to Vellore parliamentary constituency, Tamil Nadu,” the Election Commission said in a statement.
On March 30, Income Tax officials had conducted searches at Durai Murugan’s residence over suspected use of unaccounted money for electioneering, and seized Rs. 10.50 lakh in alleged “excess” cash. Durai Murugan, however, said that he had not concealed anything. Questioning the timing of the Income Tax department’s operation, he alleged that the raids were a “conspiracy” by certain political leaders who could not face them in the electoral arena.