Text of the Election Commission Letter to the Revenue Department
The Election Commission of India expresses its deep sense of anguish about the casual and trivial manner in which the advisory to be absolutely neutral, impartial and non, discriminatory has been responded to by Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance vide letter F. No. A.50050/15/2019-Ad. I dated 08.04.19.
In pare 3 of aforementioned letter, instead of detailing the modalities of implementing the advisory, Department insolently chose to issue a counter advisory.
The Commission has noted with extreme displeasure, the tone and tenor used for addressing a Constitutional Authority in stark violation of the established Protocol.
Therefore, the Commission reprimands the Department of Revenue for making unwarranted remarks and expects that the directions issued by the Commission m the said advisory are followed in letter as well as in spirit.
Copy of the Election Commission Letter to the Revenue Department
Text of the Revenue Department’s letter to the Election Commission
Since it is the responsibility of the Election Commission as also of the revenue agencies to check and eventually eliminate the use of unaccounted money in election, we would also like to urge EC to advise its field officers involved in the enforcement of the model code of conduct to take immediate enforcement action at their end under the election and other appropriate laws, if they come across any specific information about use of illicit money in electoral process …
EC’s field officers may also, if they deem fit, pass on the information confidentially’ to I-T department for ‘taking further necessary action’
Copy of the Revenue Department’s letter to the Election Commission