Ranchi, Sept. 7: A CBI officer, apparently armed with an arrest warrant, visited Sita Soren’s house yesterday, hours after Jharkhand High Court asked the central investigating agency to file a status report on the probe into the 2012 Rajya Sabha cash stash case in which the JMM legislator is an accused.
However, sources claimed the bhabi of chief minister Hemant Soren had left her Dhurwa home 15 minutes before the officer, aided by local policemen, reached the house. The team left after speaking to a woman, apparently the wife of one of Sita’s employees, at the house.
A team of policemen was spotted in the area today, too, although officer-in-charge of Dhurwa police station B.N. Singh claimed he knew nothing about that.
Deputy superintendent of police, CBI, and investigating officer A.K. Jha neither confirmed nor denied reports about the visits. “Five teams are working on the 2012 Rajya Sabha horse-trading case. One of them might have gone to her residence last evening,” he said.
According to a police source, the CBI officer, assisted by local policemen, went to Sita’s official residence at Sector III around 3pm yesterday to arrest her. “But she left before the arrival of the team. She used a car belonging to someone else. A police team was in the area today,” he said.
CBI officer, the source said, questioned Pinki Kumari, wife of her employee, Pradeep Kumar, about the Jama MLA’s whereabouts. “The officer asked the woman to inform Sita about the arrest warrant and also tell her that she had to surrender before the court for trial or else she would be arrested any day,” the source added.
An arrest warrant in the Rajya Sabha case was issued against Sita on August 5 after special CBI judge R.K. Choudhary rejected her anticipatory bail petition on July 30.
There is another criminal case pending against the daughter-in-law of JMM chief Shibu Soren.
The court of sub-divisional judicial magistrate Yashwant Prakash had issued an arrest warrant against her on February 19 for her alleged involvement in the kidnap of Vikas Pandey, a former assistant who has turned approver in the Rajya Sabha case. A proclamation notice was also issued against the MLA on March 13, 2013.
But Sita managed to get an interim bail from the Supreme Court on May 8, 2013.