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HC seeks govt reply on transfer of officer probing cash-for-vote scam

ranchi Updated: Mar 14, 2014 15:45 IST
Bedanti Saran

The Jharkhand high court on Thursday sought the state government's response over the transfer of deputy superintendent of police PN Singh, who was investigating the cash-for-vote scam of urban local bodies polls held on April 8 last year.

A division bench headed by chief justice R Banumathi asked the government to file its reply by March 14, the next date of hearing.

The court order came on a PIL, alleging that the transfer of the investigating officer (IO) was made at a crucial stage especially when the probe was on the verge of conclusion.

It was alleged that the government, in order to protect some high profile politicians, transferred the officer to hush up the investigation.

The matter relates to seizure of Rs 22 lakh on April 7, 2013, from two rooms of City Palace hotel at Lalpur area in Ranchi.

The rooms were booked in the name of Ranchi Congress vice-president Niranjan Sharma.

A meeting of the Congress workers attended by the then Ranchi mayor Rama Khalkho, Sunil Sahai, Ranchi Congress MP Subodh Kant Sahai's brother and Surender Singh, Ranchi Mahanagar Congress president was held in the hotel just before the police raided the rooms.

During the raid, the team seized currencies stashed in more than 100 packets and some election materials contained in leather bags.

Reportedly, some of the bags in which these items were stashed had the name of Congress-backed Khalkho imprinted on them.

Ranchi Municipal Corporation ward numbers were also mentioned on them.

They were supposed to be delivered to the party workers of the particular ward.