Horse-trading: FIR against Orissa Ministers, MLAs

Orissa govt lodged FIR against "some ministers and MLAs" for their alleged involvement in alleged horse trading during Rajya Sabha elections.

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2011, 22:35 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Orissa government on Tuesday lodged an FIR against "some ministers and MLAs" for their
alleged involvement in alleged horse trading during last
year`s Rajya Sabha elections in the state, police said.

The FIR was lodged against "some ministers and MLAs"
without naming anyone under various sections of Prevention of
Corruption Act and Representation of the People Act.

"We will identify the persons involved in the alleged
incident after verifying evidences given by the state
government," the sources said.
The case was registered at the Capital police station
here on the basis of a complaint made by S N Pradhan, deputy
secretary in the home department.

"We have instructed the police to investigate the
matter according to the direction of the Election Commission,"
Home Secretary U N Behera told reporters.

The issue of horse trading in Rajya Sabha polls was
raised after ruling BJD won all the three vacant seats in the
Rajya Sabha though it lacked the required number.
The matter rocked the state in June after a local TV
channel telecast an audio-CD where a person, alleged to be a
state minister, was speaking to a middle man regrading the RS
poll. The middle man was said have worked on behalf of a
Congress MLA who allegedly abstained from voting in the RS
polls held on June 17, 2010.

BJD`s third candidates won the polls as two MLAs from
Congress and one from BJP abstained from voting. Meanwhile,
Congress and BJP have suspended one MLA each from their
parties for abstaining from voting defying party whip.

PTI