The Election Commission of India (ECI) has seized silverware worth Rs 39 lakhs from the residence of Boney Kapoor, a prominent Bollywood film producer, on Friday. The move came after the ECI received a tip-off about Kapoor’s possession of the valuable items during the ongoing elections in the state of Maharashtra.
The ECI officials, accompanied by the local police, conducted a raid at Kapoor’s residence in Mumbai and seized the silverware, which includes cutlery and decorative items. The seized items will be deposited in a safe place until the election process is over, as per the ECI’s guidelines.
Kapoor, who has produced several hit films in the Indian film industry, was not present at his residence during the raid. The ECI officials have also questioned Kapoor’s family members and domestic staff about the silverware, but no one has claimed ownership of the seized items so far.
The ECI has been keeping a close watch on the movement of cash, jewellery and other valuable items during the ongoing elections in several states of India. The seizure of Kapoor’s silverware is a part of the ECI’s efforts to curb the use of black money and other illegal means of influencing voters during the election process.
The ECI has also issued strict guidelines to all political parties and candidates regarding the use of money, liquor and other items to influence voters. The guidelines state that any person found violating the code of conduct will be dealt with strictly, and legal action will be taken against them.
Kapoor, who is the husband of late Bollywood actress Sridevi, has not yet issued any statement on the seizure of his silverware. However, sources close to him have stated that the items were bought by Kapoor’s late wife, and he has no idea about their current value.