JMM legislator Sita Soren, who is an accused in the 2012 Rajya Sabha horse-trading case, finally surrendered before a special CBI court on Tuesday
after dodging the agency for several months. She was taken into judicial custody and forwarded to the Birsa Munda Central Jail.
Sita, the daughter-in-law of JMM chief Sibu Soren, has been accused of accepting `1.5 crore from Jamshedpur-based industrialist RK Agarwal, an Independent
in the 2012 countermanded RS polls, to cast her vote in his favour.
Another independent contestant and industrialist Pawan Dhoot had allegedly offered her `2.5 crore for the same purpose.
In order to avoid the media, Sita made a sudden appearance before the court of the special CBI judge, RK Choudhary, at 10.45am. Within 10 minutes, the entire
formality was completed and she was forwarded to jail.
Sita Soren was later admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences’ ICU ward after she complained of chest pain.
The CBI had on June 4, 2013, filed a chargesheet against Sita and five others. The others named by the CBI are Sita’s father Bad Naren Majhi, her close aide
Rajendra Mandal, Agarwal, Dhoot and the latter’s election agent Sunil Kumar Maheshwari.
Majhi and Mandal are still absconding. While Agarwal is currently in jail, Dhoot and Maheshwari are on bail.
Meanwhile, in a separate case, Sita has been charged with kidnapping one Vikas Pandey, her former personal assistant and a key witness of the CBI, in the
horse-trading case. Reportedly, the Jharkhand police has concluded its investigation and sought prosecution sanction against her from assembly Speaker
which is still awaited.