Mumbai: Uttar Pradesh tops the list of states using blackmoney during the polls. In a recent disclosure by the Election Commission, Rs 36.17 crore of unaccounted money, which was supposed to be used during the on-going elections in the state, was unearthed.

Besides, the officials have also confiscated 3.4 lakh litre of illicit liquor. Apparently, the seizure could be the highest so far in any assembly polls conducted in the country.

The officials have also recovered Rs 1.35 crore in cash from Uttarakhand, while Goa and Manipur recorded lowest recovery of blackmoney with Rs 60 lakh and Rs 47 lakh respectively.

The poll panel has recovered a total of Rs 50 crore from five states Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.

In a bid to curb the use of blackmoney during polls, the Election Commission had deployed about 200 Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) officials as ‘expenditure observers’ in states facing elections.

Besides, the commission had also set up a 24-hour expenditure control office, where observers were asked to report all instances of cash movement in their areas irrespective of the amount being legal or illegal.

(JPN/ Bureau)