EC, taxman join hands to curb black money during polls

In another move to curb black money financing of elections, the Income Tax Department has in cooperation with the Election Commission floated a toll-free helpline number on which the general public can alert it about any suspicious movement of large sums of cash in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) during the upcoming polls.

The investigation wing of the IT department has created a control room and complaint monitoring cell at its office in New Delhi on the instructions of the Election Commission (EC), which is constantly seeking to curb the use of black money and illegitimate inducements during polls.

The toll-free number - 1800110132 - will be monitored round the clock, and will be supervised by a senior officer of the rank of Joint Director (I-T).

The department has also readied a team of chosen investigators to monitor black money-related instances, with special emphasis on the measures deployed during the election period that begins 7 April.

The EC has created an Election Expenditure Monitoring cell within its establishment to monitor illegal money and other such bribes to voters during the forthcoming Parliamentary polls in Delhi. The IT department is a part of this mechanism.

Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats and will vote on 10 April.