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High court pulls up CBI for RS poll probe

Ranchi, Feb. 19: Jharkhand High Court today rapped the state government and CBI for not having obtained necessary sanctions to prosecute JMM legislator Sita Soren, a prime accused in the cash stash scandal that marred the 2012 Rajya Sabha elections.

The court observed that on the last date of hearing, the investigating agency had told the bench the case was pending for want of sanction for prosecution from the office of the Speaker of the Assembly.

The agency had not moved further on the matter and kept it pending, noted a bench of Chief Justice Prakash Tatia and Justice Jaya Roy.

Later, the bench asked the CBI to file a status report of investigations in the case which was being monitored by the court that was hearing a PIL filed by Jharkhand Against Corruption, a social organisation floated by tribal activist Durga Oraon.

Counsel for the CBI told the court that an arrest warrant against Sita Soren had been obtained from the special CBI court on February 14. The agency, he added, was investigating the case and all attempts were being made to trace to arrest her for further probe.

Sitaís father M. L. Manjhi filed an intervention petition today, pleading that his name had been added to the case by the CBI purposely.

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