The Election Commission on Saturday said the enforcement agencies have so far made progressive seizures of cash and other articles worth over Rs 152 crore in the poll-bound Karnataka.
While Rs 67.27 crore in cash has been seized, the agencies have made a total seizure of gold and silver worth more than Rs 43 crore from different parts of the State. Liquor consignments worth Rs 23.36 crore have also been impounded.
Of the total amount, the Income-Tax Department has seized ₹20.43 crore in cash. The Department had earlier conducted searches against an election candidate after verification of the affidavit filed by him.
The candidate had not filed Income-Tax Returns since 2012-13. In his affidavit, he claimed that the online filing of his returns had been blocked and that, he had only paid self-assessment tax. Serious discrepancies in the income declared by his wife were also detected.
Based on intelligence inputs, in the last week of April, the Income-Tax Department also conducted searches against several government contractors and seized huge amounts of unexplained cash from them.