EC Seeks Report On Free A-I Passes

Updated: Mar 26 2004, 05:30am hrs
The Election Commission has sought a report from the civil aviation ministry by Friday regarding the issuance of free travel passes by Air-India to political functionaries of high-profile to visit London.

In a communication to the ministry, the EC said the issue of such free passes amounted to contravention of the provisions of the model code of conduct.

Taking a serious view of the matter, the EC asked for full details of the total number of passes distributed so far, with the names and ranks of the dignitaries to whom these were issued from Feb 29 till date. The deadline for the report has been set at 1700 hours on Friday.

Check On Liquid Cash
In a letter to the civil aviation ministry, the EC has sought checking of any liquid cash present in the baggage of passengers travelling by air.

The letter, sent to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), has asked the security personnel to question any passenger carrying a large sum of liquid cash, official sources said in New Delhi on Thursday.

The BCAS has asked Central Industrial Security Force, in-charge of providing security at all airports, to check and question any passenger carrying huge amount of money, they said. It has also been asked to report any such matter to high-er authorities where a passenger was carrying over Rs 10 lakh. The move comes in the wake of reports that heavy transactions take place during the elections, sources said.