With the controversy surrounding Rs 1.8 crore being recently seized from two vehicles in Arunachal Pradesh belonging a BJP candidate’s son and a former legislator, the Election Commission on Sunday asked the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state to get an FIR lodged under penal provision dealing with bribing voters.
In accordance with the directive of the Election Commission, an FIR was lodged against Christopher Perme, the son of BJP candidate Dangi Perme, and former MLA Ralom Borang at Pasighat police station.
An amount of Rs 1 crore was recently recovered from a Scorpio car which was owned by Christopher Perme.
A Fortuner vehicle which was registered in the name of deputy secretary of state transport department had an amount of Rs 80 lakhs.
Later, the amount of Rs 80 lakhs was claimed by former MLA Ralom Borang.
As per reports, Perme and Borang have been charged with giving a gratification to a person to induce him/her to exercise their voting rights along with bribery and undue influence and personation at an election, according to reports
The FIR stated that the nodal officer of a flying squad named Dakto Riba had received information about the two vehicles which were then parked at Siang Guest House.
When Riba went and found some youths demanding to search the vehicle, he informed the Pasighat deputy commissioner Kinny Singh and SP Prashant Gautam, who rushed to the spot along with video surveillance teams.
When the cash was recovered from the vehicles, the information was passed to the Income Tax department since the amount of seized cash was above Rs 10 lakhs. The whole amount was later handed to income tax officials.