Imphal: The Election Commission (EC) has shifted two officers of the Finance Department, Manipur government for not demonstrating enough ‘satisfaction’ while interacting with the Chief Election Commissioner who came to Imphal last week.
“The Commission, after the review, has directed the Chief Secretary, Manipur to shift the State Commissioner of Taxes, and Commissioner (Excise) and provide a panel of officers to be posted as Commissioner of Taxes and Excise. On production of the panel list, the Commission has conveyed approval of appointment of Devesh Deval, IAS, as Commissioner (Taxes) and PK Jha, IAS as Commissioner (Excise),” said a statement here on Thursday.
Sources in the Commissioner said that the CEC, Sushil Chandra, while interacting with the top officials of the state regarding the ensuing Manipur Assembly election, was not satisfied with the statements given by these two officers.
The Commission has reiterated that it has zero tolerance towards abuse of money power or government machinery. The Commission has assured the political party representatives that level playing field will be ensured for all parties so that the electoral process is not vitiated.
Since the day of Announcement of election, all Enforcement Agencies have been monitoring movement of cash, liquor, precious metals and other valued items. So far, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has seized 15826.58 grams of gold worth Rs. 7.71 crore. DRI has also seized 15,86,800 cigarette sticks on 06.02.2022 worth Rs. 3.1736 crore. A joint operation conducted by DRI, Customs and State Police also made a seizure of 19,90,000 cigarette sticks on 06.02.2022 worth Rs. 3.38 crore also.
The Income Tax Department made a total of Rs. 1.475 crore so far. Necessary procedures have been taken up under relevant extant laws for further investigation. A total of 1284 acres of poppy cultivation has been destroyed so far by NAB, SAB and State Police.
Flying Squad, Static Surveillance Teams, State Police and Excise Department has seized 29864.89 liters of liquor worth Rs. 0.4175 crore.