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MLC Council elections today, one booked for fake stamps

MLC Council elections today, one booked for fake stamps

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, June 08, 2018: Polling for Legislative Council from South-West Graduates’ and Teachers’ constituencies will be held in 23 and 14 polling stations, respectively, today June 8.


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While eight candidates, including Arun Kumar (Janata Dal-Secular), Ayanur Manjunath (BJP) and S.P. Dinesh (Congress), are in the fray in the Graduates’ constituency, there are 12 candidates, including Ganesh Karnik (BJP), S.L. Boje Gowda (Janata Dal-Secular) and K.K. Manjunath Kumar (Congress), in the Teachers’ constituency.

There are 7,140 voters in the Teachers’ constituency and 15,494 voters in the Graduates’ constituency. These voters are from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga and Davangere districts. Voting will be preferential where the voter will give his preference of candidates. Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil S. said that voters have to give their preference in numbers starting from 1 using the pen provided at the polling booth. Voters have to bring their electoral photo identity card or 12 other photo identity cards. Voter list of the two constituencies was available in the website, he said.

India Post on June 6,Wednesday filed a case with the Seshadripuram police in Bengaluru against D.K. Tulasappa of Bhadravati, Independent candidate contesting the elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council from the South-West Teachers constituency, accusing him of using counterfeit stamps with denomination of Rs. 10 and Rs. 5 to send postal articles to voters.

The polling will be held today.

While 472 envelopes with counterfeit stamps were found at the Indian Institute of Science post office in Bengaluru, nearly 200 such envelopes were found in Mangaluru’s Pandeshwar and Kankanady post offices. Similar envelopes were found in post offices in Udupi and Shivamogga too, according to the complaint.

Complainant B.R. Manjunath, an India Post staff, said use of counterfeit stamps was discovered by a Multitask Staff member who collected postal articles dropped in the postbox at the IISc. post office on May 30. She found counterfeit stamps on 472 envelopes posted in the name of  Tulasappa.

While a few had counterfeit stamps of Rs. 10 denomination bearing an image of Sir C.V. Raman, some had counterfeit stamp of Rs. 10 bearing an image of of Chhatrapati Shivaji and a few had Rs. 5 stamp with an image of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

The complaint has been registered for offences under Sections 255, 260 and 263 (A) of the IPC.

Senior Superintendent of Posts, Bengaluru West, H.R. Veeranagoud, told media that similar articles were also found in post boxes at Seshadripuram, J.C. Nagar and R.T. Nagar post offices. Fewer perforations and absence of self adhesive on the stamps helped in identifying that they were counterfeit. Perpetrators have taken coloured photocopies of the original stamp, he said.

Soon after the discovery of counterfeit stamps,  Veeranagoud said, alerts were sent to post offices across the State to seize the articles. While such envelopes were seized at many places, some of them had been delivered to the address mentioned, he said.

He said a case was filed following an inquiry by the department for which  Tulasappa failed to appear despite issuance of notice.

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