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Glare on Trinamul MP

Ranchi, June 19: The CBI has summoned Trinamul Congress MP from Bengal K.D. Singh to depose before it in Ranchi on June 26 in connection with the 2010 Rajya Sabha cash-for-vote case.

The Alchemist Group owner had won the Rajya Sabha poll from Jharkhand as a JMM nominee in 2010, but joined the TMC the same year. He resigned as the Upper House member this February only to be re-elected to the Rajya Sabha from Bengal on a TMC ticket.

He is apparently the last among suspects to be questioned by the agency for allegedly using money to influence the 2010 Rajya Sabha poll results.

CBI sources said it was the second summons sent to Singh in one month. This time again, Singh is learnt to have sought more time, citing family engagements.

The CBI had grilled his three aides — former personal assistants Mukesh Kumar and Sutanu Kumar and security officer Arjun Prasad.

Sources said a review of the case was slated in mid-July when evidence against Singh and other suspects would be scrutinised. CBI joint-director (Bihar-Jharkhand) A.K. Singh said: “Probe is in its final stage. But nothing can be disclosed about the findings now.”

In 2010, a private channel caught on camera six MLAs — Rajesh Ranjan, Yogendra Sao and Sawna Lakra (Congress), Simon Marandi and now-deceased Teklal Mahto (JMM) and Umashankar Akela (BJP) — demanding cash for votes.

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