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Kerala polls: IT squad to monitor money flow

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Updated: March 21, 2011, 5:42 PM IST
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Kerala polls: IT squad to monitor money flow
The income tax department in Kerala has started its work to monitor money flow during the assembly elections.

Thiruvananthapuram: The income tax department in Kerala has started its work to monitor money flow during the assembly elections in the state. Squads had been formed in all districts and started monitoring the activities of political parties, an official press release here said.

"This is for the first time the department has been entrusted to handle the exercise during the elections. The department has already set up a toll-free number (1800-425- 5708) to receive complaints," the release said.

The monitoring system would work under the Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Kerala. Big functions including marriages and other ceremonies in towns, cities and villages would be under surveillance.

Special teams would be posted in bus stands, railway stations, airports and hotels to check suspicious money movements. Bulk cash withdrawal from banks and movement of cash and hawala brokers would be monitored.

The IT department would verify the assets declared in the affidavits by candidates and would report to the Election Commission. Air Intelligence units had been installed at the three airports in the state to track movement of bulk cash by air, the release said.

The general public could inform the income tax team about suspicious movement of money and other activities of political parties in the toll free number, it said.

First Published: March 21, 2011, 5:42 PM IST
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