Ranchi: The CBI, which will take up the investigation into the March 30- 2012 Rajya Sabha elections following the horse-trading controversy, is also likely to inquire the 2010 RS polls.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Thursday recommended a CBI probe into both the -- 2010 and the 2012 -- Rajya Sabha polls.

The RS re-poll will be held on May 3 and the counting of votes will be done on the same day in the evening.

Earlier, RS polls for two seats were held on March 30. The Election Commission had cancelled the polls to the Upper House following reports of horse-trading and exchange of money for votes.

The poll was countermanded as the I-T authorities seized Rs 2.15 crore in cash just a few hours before the beginning of polling. The cash was seized from brother of an independent candidate RK Agarwal during the RS poll.

The RS poll notification was issued on Monday. As per the notification, April 23 is the last date for filing of nomination papers. On April 24, the papers will be examined. April 26 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

The election is caused by the retirement of former RS members Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia and Mabel Rebello on April 2.

Note-for-vote

According to reports, in 2010, six legislators were caught in a cash-for-votes sting operation by a news channel. Of the six legislators, three belonged to the Congress (Sawna Lakra, Rajesh Ranjan, Yogendra Sao), two belonged to the JMM (Simon Marandi and late Teklal Mahto) and one from the BJP (Uma Shankar Akela).

The legislators had allegedly sought money to cast their vote in the Rajya Sabha polls.

The case was being probed by the vigilance department with Arjun Munda now recommending a CBI probe.

(JPN/Bureau)