In a major haul, police in poll-bound Telangana on Friday seized Rs 10 crore cash from a car. The cash was seized during a checking of vehicles near Pipparwada toll plaza by the police in Adilabad district of Telangana, which is going to polls on December 7.
Several wads of currency notes, all in Rs 500s, were recovered from the vehicle which was coming from Nagpur in Maharashtra and headed to Hyderabad. The car was registered in Karnataka. Police detained two persons travelling in the car.
The seizure was made during intensified checking of vehicles by authorities to implement the model code of conduct in the run up to the Assembly elections.
Speaking to reporters, Superintendent of Police in Adilabad, Vishnu S Warrier, said that a case had been registered and an investigation was being carried out to trace the source and destination of the cash.
Elections and seizures of unaccounted cash are synonymous when we talk about election in #Telugu state. #Telangana police seized 10 cr cash from a SUV with #Karnataka registration number coming from #Maharashtra at bordering dist of Adilabad. Ownership is being probed. pic.twitter.com/Ke7ie1Rvj9â€” Aashish (@Ashi_IndiaToday) October 19, 2018
This comes days after Rs 27.35 lakh was seized from the car of Adibatla Upa Sarpanch Palle Gopal Goud belonging to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), near Ibrahimpatnam in Nalgonda district by a flying squad which was conducting checks.
While Goud claimed that the cash was related to the purchase of a land in Polepalli, officials seized the amount and handed over the same to Income Tax officials.
TRS chief and Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao dissolved the state Assembly on September 6, thereby opting to go for early elections. The decision made by his cabinet also got the approval of the Governor.
Following this, the election commission has since announced the dates of the polls. While the last date of filing nominations is November 19, the scrutiny of the nominations will take place the next day.
The election will be held on December 7 when voting will take place and the counting and results are expected to occur on December 11.