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Tax man deposes in RS case

Ranchi, June 25: An income tax director was today cross-examined in the 2012 Rajya Sabha cash stash case involving industrialist R.K. Agrawal and JMM MLA Sita Soren.

Sonbhadra, director (investigations), income tax, was questioned by the lawyers of Agrawal and Sita at the special CBI court of R.K. Choudhary. The cross-examination will continue tomorrow.

According to sources, Sonbhadra told the court that following a tip-off, the I-T department and Ranchi police seized Rs 2.15 crore from a SUV belonging to a relative of Agrawal from Ranchi’s Namkum on March 30, a couple of hours before polling was to start.

An FIR was lodged while the department, while examining sources of the seized cash, found out that the money was withdrawn from Agrawal’s accounts in different banks, including some in Buxi Bazar and Mayurbhanj of Odisha, in March 2012.

This proved that the cash was taken out to bribe MLAs like Sita to vote in favour for Agrawal, an Independent candidate in the polls that was eventually countermanded.