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CBI raids in connection with horse-trading allegation

Ranchi: The CBI today conducted raids on the premises of two independent MLAs and the relatives of several other legislators in connection with allegations of horse-trading that had led to countermanding of the March 30 Rajya Sabha elections in Jharkhand.

"Raids are continuing in the houses of Independent MLAs Bandhu Tirkey and Chamra Linda. We have also launched raids in the house of Pawan Kumar Dhoot in Delhi and Gurgaon," a senior CBI official said. Dhoot was one of the independent candidates who had been in the fray for the two Rajya Sabha seats on March 30.

The CBI official said raids were also being conducted at JMM MLA Sita Soren father`s house at Jharsuguda in Odisha and at the residence of RJD MLA Sanjay Yadav`s father.

This is the fourth raid by the sleuths of the central investigating agency after it took over the investigation into the horse trading allegation that surfaced after the recovery of Rs 2.15 crore from a vehicle in Ranchi, hours before the Upper House elections.

The poll for the upper house was countermanded the same night and fresh elections held on May 3 to fill-up the two seats.

According to the FIR, the vehicle carrying cash allegedly belonged to a close relative of one of the two independent candidates. The CBI had earlier conducted raids on the house of independent candidate R K Agarwal and his relatives houses.

So far the CBI has conducted raids on the premises of 20 MLAs, who allegedly turned proposers for one or the other independent candidate RPT candidate for that scrapped poll.

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