New Delhi: The Election Commission stated on Sunday that Rs 19 crore was recovered as unaccounted money from 13 people ahead of the first phase of voting for the Bihar assembly.
“Income tax authorities have informed the Commission that, after searches, approximately Rs19 crore from Delhi and Muzaffarpur, Bihar, have been recovered as unaccounted money,” the commission said in a statement.
It said over Rs 5 crore were recovered in the national capital from nine people and Rs 13.75 crore from four people in Muzaffarpur.
The Election Commission had directed the Income Tax authorities to take action following a sting operation by a TV channel last month on hawala operations related to the elections in Bihar.
Investigations were on to determine the source of the unaccounted money, the statement said.
“Keeping in view the ongoing elections, identified and suspected hawala operators are kept under surveillance by the authorities,” the statement added.
The bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud sought to know the time frame after Attorney General K.K.Venugopal told court that a Team of Ministers (ToM) have recommended such an amendment
The Supreme Court sought to know from the time it would require for bringing a bill allowing NRIs vote from their overseas locations
The bench sought to know why the government was taking a cumbersome route of amending the electoral act
In the last hearing on the matter, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had contended that the modalities of NRI voting can be done by amending the Rules and would not require amending the law
New Delhi, July 21, 2017: The Supreme Court on Friday sought to know from the Central government the time it would require for bringing a bill amending the Representation of People Act to allowing NRIs vote from their overseas locations.
The bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud sought to know the time frame after Attorney General K.K.Venugopal told the court that a Team of Ministers (ToM) have recommended such an amendment.
The Team of Ministers in their meeting on July 20, 2017, have decided that to “facilitate external modes of voting to the overseas electors, an amendment to the Representation of People Act, 1951 would be required by way of introduction of a Bill in Parliament”, the bench was told.
At this, the bench sought to know why the government was taking a cumbersome route of amending the electoral act when same could be achieved by amending the rules.
The top court, in the last hearing of the matter, had asked the Central government to take a call whether it wanted to amend the Act or the Rules to decide on the modalities of the NRI voting from abroad.
In the last hearing of the matter, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for one of the petitioners, had contended that the modalities of NRI voting can be done by amending the Rules and would not require amending the law.
Appearing for the Election Commission, senior counsel Meenakshi Arora told the bench that by amending the rules, that they can put in place modalities of voting by the overseas electors, but it was necessary to amend the law to create an exception for overseas voters. (IANS)
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