No check on black money used in elections, demonetisation had no effect: Former CEC Rawat

File photo: Former Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 03, 2018, 02.29 PM (IST)

Former Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, who stepped down last week, said that there was "no check" on black money used in elections. 

"It seems political class and their financiers have no dearth of money. Money used in this manner is generally black money. As far as black money used in elections is concerned, there was no check on it," Rawat stated on Monday. 

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On the issue of demonetisation, he said it was thought that after the implementation of demonetisation, "the misuse of money during elections will be brought down," "but it couldn't be proved on basis of the data of the seizures. Compared to previous elections, there were more seizures in the same states," he said, adding that demonetisation had no impact on curbing black money. 

Rawat's comments came a couple of days after he demitted office as the Chief Election Commissioner of India on Saturday. 

Sunil Arora took charge as the new Chief Election Commissioner of India on Sunday. Arora was appointed to office by President Ram Nath Kovind last week.