LS ‘poll cash’ row: 3 IPS officers handed chargesheets in MP

5 months ago 9

BHOPAL: The

Madhya

Pradesh government has issued chargesheets to three

IPS officers

of ADG rank and a state police officer, seeking explanation on a Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) report it had received from the

Election Commission

.
The poll panel had sought action against these officers for their alleged role in ‘unaccounted’ flow of cash during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. They have been asked to submit their replies within 15 days. One of the officers has decided to challenge the chargesheet in court, say sources.
According to sources, there is a difference of opinion on this issue between the chief minister’s office and the

home department

. “Home department wants an FIR, but CMO wants

more evidence

,” said an officer at

Mantralaya

.
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has already registered a preliminary enquiry, according to the Election Commission’s direction.
The 904-page report hints at the role of many individuals in the “widespread and well-organised racket of collection and transaction of unaccounted cash of about Rs 281 crore in MP during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls”.
EOW had been communicating with the income tax department for more evidence and documents to corroborate the CBDT report, but have not received anything yet, sources say. The tumult over CBDT’s report has created a divide within the state BJP.
While one faction is pressing for immediate FIRs against those named, the other seeks a formal inquiry first, alluding to the hawala scandal in which the

Supreme Court

ruled that entries in loose sheets are irrelevant and inadmissible as evidence under section 34 of Indian Evidence Act.

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