Parbhani, Oct 9: Maharashtra Police have seized Rs.4.85 lakh from a car allegedly being used by senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former state deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, an official said in Parbhani on Wednesday.
The police also seized some visiting cards and clothes of Mr Pawar from the intercepted vehicle along with the cash stashed in two bags, Parbhani Superintendent of Police Anant Rokde told the media.
Mr Pawar and his aides were not available for their comments in the matter, though top NCP officials maintained they were not aware of the incident.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Krishna Hazare, who informed the police that the clothes belong to Mr Pawar and an aide.
While one bag in the vehicle, proceeding to Latur from Parbhani when it was intercepted at Gangakhed, had Rs.400,000 in cash, clothes and visiting cards of Mr Pawar, another bag contained personal items of an aide and Rs.85,000 in cash.
No case was registered till late Wednesday night but Mr Rokde said that the matter has been referred to the state election department for action.
Police have seized more than Rs.5 crore in cash in seven incidents across the state so far. The money was allegedly intended to be used to influence voters in the October 15 assembly elections.