RS horse-trading row: Naveen to wait for report

Orissa CM said he would wait for a report of the police investigation into the FIR by the state government.

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said he would wait for a report of the police investigation into the FIR by the state government against unspecified ministers and MLAs for alleged horse-trading during last year`s Rajya Sabha polls.

"Let us wait for the police investigation report on the matter," Patnaik told reporters when asked about the identity of the ministers mentioned by the state government in the FIR.

The state government had filed an FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, Peoples Representation Act, 1951 along with some sections of the IPC at the Capital Police Station on Tuesday against `some ministers and MLAs`.

The FIR did not mention names. The Chief Minister said that the FIR was lodged following a direction from the Election Commission of India.

"The state government has also submitted an audio CD and its transcript, a copy of ECI`s direction, a copy of letter written by former union minister BK Tripathy to the ECI, to the police," Home Secretary UN Behera said.

BJD`s third candidate managed to win the polls held on June 17, 2010 as three MLAs, two from Congress and one of BJP, abstained from voting while the vote of a Congress MLA was rejected.

The opposition candidate lost the polls giving rise to suspicion of horse-trading.

The Congress and BJP have suspended one MLA each from their parties on charge of abstaining from voting by defying party whips.


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