AN income tax raid on the home of a Tamil Nadu minister turned comical when a relative tried to escape on foot with some secret documents, Tamil Nesan reported.
Health minister C. Vijayabaskar had been accused by voters of being the person behind a massive vote-buying operation in favour of a particular candidate for a by-election in the R.K. Nagar constituency.
The seat became vacant after the death of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa last December.
Following widespread complaints of cash being handed out to voters, the income tax department raided the minister’s residences.
In one such raid, the minister’s relative was seen walking out of the house with some documents.
Before the policemen could stop him, he ran to a fence and threw the documents over the wall to a supporter waiting outside.
The supporter managed to get away while the relative was caught and given a beating by the policemen.
Late Sunday, the Election Commission announced that it will be cancelling the by-election, scheduled for tomorrow, following reports of voter bribing.
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