NEW DELHI: Thousands of private vans carrying cash for Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) across the country have come under the scanner of revenue intelligence agencies to check flow of black money during ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
These vans, carrying cash, are run by private security agencies and engaged by various banks. These vehicles were enjoying general immunity from security agencies as they are employed by banks after necessary due diligence, they said.
It has been decided to ask Indian Banks' Association (IBA) to take necessary measures and it may issue directions in this regard, sources privy to the meeting said.
The Finance Ministry is also in the know and may take necessary steps in view of the latest input, he said.
There has been a recent instance where illegal cash was found in a van carrying money for ATMs, the sources said without giving further detail of the incident.
Revenue intelligence agencies including Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) among others are keeping a strict vigil on movement of illegal money during the ongoing elections.Over 195 crore in cash has been seized across the country so far by Election Commission appointed teams.
A total of 118 crore cash has been seized in Andhra Pradesh, 18.31 crore in Tamil Nadu, Rs 14.40 in Maharashtra, 10.46 crore in Uttar Pradesh and over 4 crore in Punjab apart from numerous other small seizures in rest of the states, according to a latest EC data.
Also, the total liquor seized stands at 26.56 lakh litres, heroin 70 kgs while 11,469 FIRs have been registered against distribution of cash and illegal inducements in various states.
A vehicle carrying 3.99 crore was yesterday seized by Election Commission appointed surveillance teams in Moradnagar area of Uttar Pradesh.
The Finance Ministry has deployed about 650 Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers across the country to keep a tab on expenses by candidates.
The Election Commission has this time raised the cap on spending by each candidate during Lok Sabha polls in bigger states to 70 lakh from 40 lakh. For smaller states, the cap will be 54 lakh.
The country will spend over 5,000 crore on the Lok Sabha polls, according to the EC.