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RS poll raids on MLAs

Ranchi, June 13: The CBI today seized a draft of Rs 40 lakh from JMM MLA Sita Soren’s Bhubaneswar-based father during raids to zero in on those who indulged in horse-trading during the March 30 Rajya Sabha elections.

The CBI also turned the scanner on Independent legislators Bandhu Tirkey and Chamra Linda. On the raid list as well was Pawan Kumar Shah, a relative of Independent candidate R.K. Agrawal’s son-in-law Saumitra Shah, at Jharsuguda in Odisha.

Agrawal had claimed that Rs 2.15 crore seized from a vehicle on the outskirts of the capital on voting day belonged to Saumitra’s father R. K. Shah and was being sent to Ranchi as payment for a land deal. Saumitra, during interrogation, said the cash was being brought from Jharsuguda, where it had been lying for a year.

Sita’s father, Bodh Narayan Manhji, a former Indian Oil Corporation official, however, claimed that the money seized today was a part of his post-retirement settlement.

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