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Rajya Sabha poll: CBI charges 3 with horse trading

The Election Commission will now hold a fresh poll on May 3 for the two Rajya Sabha seats from the state.



Ranchi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday night filed a formal complaint against three people for allegedly horse trading ahead of the March 30 Rajya Sabha poll in Jharkhand, an official said.

The poll was countermanded after Rs 2.15 crore in cash was seized from a car belonging to a candidate`s brother. However, no legislator or candidate has been named in the First Information Report (FIR).

"The FIR has been registered on a complaint lodged in Ranchi`s Namkum police station regarding recovery of the cash," a CBI official who did not want to be identified told a news agency. The official said that names of legislators and candidates might be added to the FIR during the course of investigation.

The CBI official said that the seized cash was probably meant to buy votes of legislators. The car carrying the money belonged to Suresh Agrawal, brother of RK Agrawal, who was an independent candidate in the poll.

The Jharkhand High Court, while hearing a petition, had asked the Election Commission (EC) to get the horse trading charges probed by a central agency such as the CBI.

The Election Commission will now hold a fresh poll on May 3 for the two Rajya Sabha seats from the state.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda sought a CBI probe into the 2010 Rajya Sabha polls on Thursday. In a sting operation by television channel in 2010, four legislators were allegedly caught demanding money for votes.

Two of the accused legislators were from Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the other two from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress. The state vigilance department was asked to verify the allegations.

IANS

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