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RS poll fiasco: Note counting machine found in CBI raids

Last Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 23:23

Ranchi: CBI officials have found a note counting machine at one of the premises which they searched in the last two days across Jharkhand after allegations of horse-trading during the March 30 Rajya Sabha polls.

"During the course of our search we seized many things. One of these is a brand new note-counting machine," a senior CBI official told PTI, refusing to divulge the place from where it was found.

CBI teams yesterday raided the premises of three MLAs and two industrialists at Jamshedpur, Chaibasa, Palamau, Deogarh, Ranchi and Jamtara. The sleuths had seized documents, laptops, car, pen-drive and mobile details.

The MLAs are KN Tripathi (Congress), Suresh Paswan (RJD) and Vishnu Bhaiyya (JMM) while the industrialists are RK Agarwal and his daughter`s father-in-law RK Saha.

CBI on Sunday continued searches at the residence of Congress legislator KN Tripathy.

"Yesterday, we sealed the residence of KN Tripathy in Ranchi and today we opened it in his presence to search the place. We have went through his pass books, mobilephone details and other documents," the official said.

"Now we are studying all the documents and materials seized from all the places," he said.

To a query, he said the agency had not arrested anyone, but interrogated some of the accused.

Industrialist RK Agarwal was one of the independent candidates in the March 30 Rajya Sabha elections.

The biennial elections had been countermanded following allegations that certain candidates had tried to reach the Upper House through horse-trading.


First Published: Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 22:23
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