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CBI can attach Sita property

Ranchi, Jan. 24: Jharkhand High Court today vacated the stay on attaching the property of JMM MLA Sita Soren, who has been evading the investigative agency probing her alleged role in the 2012 Rajya Sabha cash-stash case.

Sita, who is an MLA from Jama, is the sister-in-law of chief minister Hemant Soren and had moved the high court against the property attachment order issued by a CBI special court on April 13 last year.

Sita’s application for anticipatory bail is pending before the high court.

Today, her lawyers pleaded for an adjournment, but the court refused and vacated the stay on the CBI court’s order to attach her property.

The case will be heard again on January 31.

Sita has been in the eye of the storm after a PIL was filed by a social organisation, Jharkhand Against Corruption, alleging horse trading in the Rajya Sabha polls of 2012.

The PIL claimed an FIR was registered by police after a vehicle containing Rs 2.15 crore in cash was seized at at Namkum on the outskirts of the state capital. The car was linked to R.K. Agrawal, a businessman of Jamshedpur contesting the 2012 Rajya Sabha polls as an Independent.

The case was later handed over to the CBI on the directive of the high court. Then chief minister Arjun Munda had also given his consent and sanction for investigation by the CBI.

In another case filed by Reena Devi alleging Sita’s alleged involvement in the abduction of her husband Vikas Pandey, the high court has sought a report from the police on the status of investigations.