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I-T officials raid astrologer's house

Bangalore: may 5, 2013 1:36 IST
The Income Tax department sleuths and the flying squad of the State Election Commission on Saturday raided the residence of astrologer Chandrashekhar Swami in R T Nagar. The raids began at 4.30 pm and went on till late night.

They acted on tip-offs that money was stored at the astrologer’s house and it belonged to a political party. 

The sleuths searched for the money, valuables and documents. A team of more than 15 officers recovered some records and verified them. However, there was no confirmation as regards seizure of money.

Cong corporator held

The Byatarayanapura police arrested former Congress corporator Somashekhar for allegedly distributing money to voters in Kasturba Nagar and seized Rs 17,000.

According to the police, a few BJP workers caught him, while he was allegedly distributing the cash and took him to the police, who alerted the Election Commission staff. The sleuths interrogated him and he failed to produce any valid documents for the cash he was carrying.

He claimed that he did not distribute the money, but the BJP workers forcefully kept cash in his pocket and brought him to the station, said the police.

BJP workers arrested


The Ramamurthynagar police arrested two workers of the BJP for allegedly distributing money among voters. On a tip-off, the police arrested Vijayendra and Murali, near Deviramma grounds in Kalkere ward, and seized a little over Rs one lakh. 
They did not produce any documents for the money and were illegally possessing it. The matter was reported to the Election Commission and subsequently the arrests were made, said a police inspector.

Cash seized

In Banashankari area, the Election Commission officials recovered Rs 20,000 from the office of Ganesh Mandir corporator Govindaraj of the Congress.

He failed to produce documents for the money. A few Congress workers staged a flash protest in front of the C K Achukattu police station, alleging that the police and the Election Commission officers were targeting the Congress, at the behest of some BJP leaders.

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