Ranchi, Oct. 21: A joint team of Deoghar and Ranchi police today arrested a 32-year-old man for posing as Rahul Gandhi’s private assistant and demanding money from chief minister Hemant Soren in the name of elections.
Rahul Kumar Lakhiramka was picked up from his house on Sitaram Dalmiya Road in Deoghar district’s Madhupur. Lakhiramka had allegedly demanded Rs 50 lakh from the chief minister, saying that it was meant for election funds.
Sources in the chief minister’s office (CMO) said Hemant received two calls on his mobile phone around 7.30pm on October 2. The caller identified himself as private assistant of Rahul Gandhi.
“I don’t exactly remember by which name the man introduced himself, but he said the Congress vice-president was very happy with the chief minister’s performance and wanted him to arrange money for election funding,” a close aide of Hemant said.
The CMO immediately informed police, which put Rahul’s cellphone number under surveillance.
Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh said: “The man in question has already been taken into custody. By Tuesday, he will be taken to Ranchi. An FIR will be lodged if the allegations are proved. We are doing his background check.”
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