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CBI again searches Jharkhand Congress MLA's home

IANS  Ranchi, April 22, 2012
First Published: 18:24 IST(22/4/2012) | Last Updated: 18:26 IST(22/4/2012)

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths on Sunday searched the house of Congress legislator KN Tripathi here for the second consecutive day following horse-trading charges that marred the now-countermanded March 30 Rajya Sabha poll.

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"They (CBI) had a search warrant and searched my house," Tripathi said.

According to sources in CBI, some important documents were seized during the search.

CBI teams Saturday searched Jharkhand houses of Tripathi and his fellow legislators, Suresh Paswan of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Vishnu Bhaiyya of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

According to CBI sources, laptop, computer, bank accounts and cash were seized from the houses of the three legislators.

The house of industrialist RK Agarwal, who was one of the independent candidates in the Rajya Sabha poll, was also raided Saturday.

The CBI has registered an FIR after the Jharkhand high court, hearing a petition related to the case, asked the Election Commission to get the horse-trading charges probed by the central agency.

The Election Commission will hold a fresh poll May 3 for the two Rajya Sabha seats from the state after countermanding the March 30 election marred by corruption charges and allegations that some candidates had indulged in unfair means and horse-trading to enter the upper house.

The poll was countermanded after Rs.2.15 crore in cash was seized from a car belonging to a candidate's brother.


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