Cash for votes in Arunachal Pradesh Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: The East Siang district police have lodged an FIR against two persons, namely Christopher Perme and Ralom Borang, in the infamous Pasighat cash seizure case.

Election monitoring officials had seized cash amounting to Rs 1.80 crore from two vehicles during a raid carried out at the Siang Guest House in Pasighat on Tuesday last week. Pasighat, the district headquarters of East Siang is around 266 km from Itanagar.

The vehicles from which the cash was found were later linked to the son of a BJP candidate in the Assembly polls and a senior official in the state transport department.

From one vehicle, which belongs to Christopher, the son of BJP candidate Dr D Perme, Rs 1 crore was found. The other vehicle, from which Rs 80 lakh was found, is registered in the name of the state government and deputed to a transport department official. The state-owned car was apparently being used by Ralom Borang, who is a former Congress MLA.

Both Christopher and Borang had later claimed that the money belonged to them and they were carrying the same to complete the construction of buildings and purchase land respectively.

Speaking to EastMojo, state’s additional chief electoral officer (CEO) Kangki Darrang said that the FIR was lodged against the duo at the Pasighat police station on Sunday.

Darrang said that the case which has been registered under Section 171 of the Indian Penal Code and is a non-cognizable one.

The Election Commission had on Saturday directed the poll authorities of the state to get an FIR lodged under a penal provision dealing with bribing voters. In a letter to state chief electoral officer Kaling Tayeng, the EC had directed him register the FIR under section 171 C and D of the IPC.

Darrang further informed that the total cash seizure in the state till date is Rs 6,01,57, 570, which is almost double the amount that was in 2014. The total seizure in the 2014 elections was around 3.40 crore.

“Besides the Pasighat seizure case which is the highest till date, the state election authority has handed over five more cases to the income tax department for further investigation and the truth behind the cases would come out accordingly,” Darrang said.

Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh will be held simultaneously on April 11.

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