Madras High Court orders CBI investigation into Rs 570 crore cash Seizure during TN assembly polls


Chennai: The Madras high court on Monday ordered a CBI probe into the massive cash haul of Rs 570 crore during the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu based on a petition filed by an opposition party leader. The court ordered the CBI to take action as per law if it finds sufficient material in support of the petition filed by a DMK leader.

The court heard the petition filed by DMK spokesperson TKS Elangovan alleging serious doubt about the genuineness of the belated claims of the State Bank of India (SBI) over the Rs. 570 crore seized during the run-up to state assembly elections held on May 16.

Justice R Subaiah directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary investigation into the matter to ascertain the merits of the case. “If a prima facie case is made out, the CBI shall initiate appropriate action in accordance with law,” the judge said.

On May 13, 2016, the Election Commission's surveillance team at Tiruppur chased and seized three container lorries transporting cash to the tune of Rs. 570 crore. The seized lorries were brought and parked in the office of District Collector of Tiruppur from May 14-17, 2016.

The SBI has said that the cash belonged to it and it was being transported to its cash chest in Andhra Pradesh when it was seized by the Election Commission officials. According to Elangovan, huge cash should be transported by rail and escorted by local police which was not done in this case. He also alleged that the cash transfer was not supported by proper documentation.