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2019 cash-for-votes scam: CBI searches residence of DMK leader Duraimurugan's close associate

India Today logo India Today 24-09-2020 Akshaya Nath
a close up of Durai Murugan

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday carried out searches in Vellore in connection with the 2019 cash-for-votes scam.

The CBI searched the residence of Poonjolai Srinivasan, a close associate of DMK leader Duraimurugan and his son Kathir Anand.

During the raid, the CBI took account of cash and property owned by Srinivasan. He has also been served the summons to come for inquiry whenever the CBI calls for further questioning.

Earlier in 2019, the Income Tax Department had seized Rs 11.53 crore from a godown allegedly owned by Poonjolai Srinivasan.

A case was filed in 2019, against Duraimurugan, Kathir Anand and Poonjolai Sreenivasan with relation to the cash seized in Vellore ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. At the time, the Election Commission had cancelled the polls on the seat. However, when the polls were conducted at a later date, Kathir Anand was elected to the Lok Sabha.

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