New Delhi: In a setback to some aspiring poll candidates in Uttar Pradesh who were allegedly caught obtaining bribe from corporates to fund poll expenses during a sting operation, the Election Commission on Saturday issued notice to the state Chief Electoral Officer asking to register complaints against them with an immediate effect.

The EC has asked the CEO to ask its Returning Officers (ROs) to register complaints against all the eleven candidates belonging to several political parties who were allegedly caught obtaining bribe from the corporate on the camera for financing their election campaigns.

JDU candidate J P Singh, RLD candidate Shanawaz Rana, Congress candidate Said Zaki Asrafi, SP candidate Kiranpal and BJP candidate Harpal Singh are among those who were found taking bribe in the video footage.

Notably, the video footage also features the poll candidates accepting the amount likely to be spend during election would be more that Rs 3-4 crore. As per the EC directives, total expenses worth Rs 16 lakh is only permitted for election purposes.

Meanwhile, as the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections is inching closer, the election body has become more vigilant over the inflow of black money, use of muscle power and sale of alcohol during elections. 

Besides seeking an ordinance from the Central Government to restrict incidences like bribery, the EC has also asked the Income Tax department to initiate a probe in this regard.

The EC has also appealed to all the political parties, whose candidates are caught accepting bribe on camera to look into the matter and refrain their party functionaries from indulging in such acts in future.

 JPN/Bureau