Monday, December 4, 2023

DC orders probe into alleged distribution of cash

Jamshedpur: District administration ordered a probe into alleged distribution of cash by certain Congress leaders among several people during a programme organized in Sonari yesterday.

Incidentally, the programme was attended by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha�s Parliamentary election candidate Niroop Mohanty. It was organized by Jan Adhikar Morcha. Several Congress leaders including Baldev Singh and Surajkant Nag were present during the programme along with JMM leaders. Former MP of Jamshedpur Suman Mahato was also present on the dais with Mohanty during the programme.

The deputy commissioner-cum-district returning officer, Dr Amitabh Kaushal today said a probe had been ordered into the alleged distribution of cash by Congress activists among several people during the conference of district representatives organized by Jan Adhikar Morcha. Several Jan Adhikar Morcha members have association with the Congress party, sources said.

�We are looking into this complaint. We have been told cash was given to several people in envelopes at the programme in violation of the Model Code of Conduct guidelines of the Election Commission. Stringent action will be taken against the guilty people if probe confirms the allegations against them,� said the DC.

Sources said the district administration had received complaints regarding cash distribution during yesterday�s programme. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha�s candidate for Lok Sabha polls at Jamshedpur Niroop Mohanty was the chief guest of the programme, sources said.

The DC said it is being investigated as to who distributed the cash and whether Congress and JMM leaders had any role in it. Efforts are also on to identify the beneficiaries of cash distribution.

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