The state election department had till now issued an advisory to political parties warning them against using black money in upcoming elections. On Tuesday, the election department walked the talk and raided a city-based hotel near Lal Kothi where members of a political outfit were huddled in a meeting. The raid reportedly netted them over Rs13 lakh in cash. The party members, however, have denied involvement in any illegal act.
The raid was a joint operation led by the district election department, police and Income Tax officials. The election commission had received information about possible use of black money by members of a political outfit known as Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Party.
“Acting on the information a raid was conducted at Jaipur Palace Hotel on Tuesday evening,” an official said, adding, “The team searched 3 rooms booked by the party in hotel and recovered Rs13.5 lakh in cash.
The president of the party identified as one Meetha Lal Jain was reportedly interrogated by the authorities on the money recovered from the spot. As the news of raid spread, party workers gathered at the spot and claimed that although a search was made no illegal item was recovered.
The party workers even tried to enter the hotel, but were restrained effectively by the police officials on duty.
The election department wouldnow probe the matter, sources said.