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Seizure of Rs 1.80 Cr in Arunachal, FIR filed against two

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 8 2019 2:37PM
Seizure of Rs 1.80 Cr in Arunachal, FIR filed against two
Itanagar, Apr 08 (HS): Days after Rs 1.8 crore was recovered from two vehicles in Arunachal Pradesh, belonging to the convoy of the chief minister, the deputy CM and the state BJP president, an FIR has been lodged against Christopher Perme, the son of BJP candidate Dr Dangi Perme, and former MLA Ralom Borang. The two of them had claimed responsibility for the money recovered from the Siang guesthouse in Pasighat. The FIR has been lodged following a directive from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the state election department. The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday had asked the CEO of Arunachal to get an FIR lodged under a penal provision. In the letter to state chief electoral officer, the EC directed him to get an FIR registered under section 171 C and D of the Indian Penal Code dealing with bribing of voters. While one vehicle belonged to former MLA Dangi Perme, the other vehicle was registered in the name of a deputy secretary of the state transport department. The money was recovered during raids by the Election Commission''s expenditure monitoring committee. It may be mentioned that authorities seized Rs 1.80 crore in cash from the son of a BJP candidate in Arunchal Pradesh and a former legislator at a government guest house in East Siang district''s Pasighat town. According to the Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kanki Darang it was the largest seizure of cash in the state. While Rs 1 crore, which was seized from a government vehicle, was claimed by Christopher Perme, son of Mebo BJP candidate Dangi Perme, Rs 80 lakh was found inside the private vehicle of Ralomg Borang, a former MLA, Darang said. The government vehicle was registered in the name of Deputy Secretary of Transport Department, he said, denying Congress''s claim that the vehicles were part of Chief Minister Pema Khandu''s motorcade. Both Christopher and Ralomg were present at the guest house when the cash was seized by flying squads of the Income Tax department. Christopher claimed that he got a part of the seized cash after selling traditional beads and ornaments and the rest he had borrowed from relatives on that day. In a letter, he said that he required the money for building houses at Ngopok and Bapkota and for investing in a contract. Ralomg claimed that he had borrowed the money from relatives to buy a piece of land in Mariyang. Both of them demanded that the money be returned to them. The Congress had alleged that a "cash for votes" scam was busted in Arunachal Pradesh with the recovery of Rs 1.80 crore from Khandu''s convoy and asked the Election Commission to register a case against Modi as well as the chief minister and his deputy. Accusing the BJP of using "money power" to woo voters in the northeast, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had said Khandu and his deputy Chowna Mein should be immediately sacked. The state goes to simultaneous Lok Sabha and 60-member Assembly polls on April 11. Hindusthan Samachar/Dhrubajyoti/Shri Ram\
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