A total of 116 officers and inspectors of the Income Tax Department has been deputed to the Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the Northeast.
The directorate has also issued deployment orders to 157 officials who will spread over Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
These steps have been taken for monitoring the amount of total expenditure in the elections and flow of black money across 112 districts of the Northeast, according to reports.
This deployment procedure is being carried out according to the directions of Election Commission of India (ECI).
The ECI has directed the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to check the flow of money during the days of elections. According to the ECI, flow of black money is at large during the elections.
The Investigative Directorates will monitor movement of large sums of cash or other items suspected to be used for bribing of electors and will also conduct independent inquiries against persons who are involved in such acts.
They will also verify affidavits declaring assets and liabilities filed by the candidates before ECI and election expenses by any candidate or political party.
Investigation Directorate will also report to the Commission about the political parties which are taking donations and enjoying tax exemptions in the poll bound states without filing the statutory returns.
The Directorate has activated Air Intelligence Units at all airports in the Northeast and will monitor movement of cash or valuables.