Ranchi: The CBI on Sunday once again searched the house of Congress legislator KN Tripathi for the second consecutive day in connection with horse-trading charges.

"They (CBI) had a search warrant and searched my house," Tripathi said. According to sources, some important documents were also seized during the search.

CBI teams on Saturday searched Jharkhand houses of Tripathi and his fellow legislators, Suresh Paswan of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Vishnu Bhaiyya of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Sources added that laptop, computer, bank accounts and cash were seized from the houses of the three legislators. The house of industrialist RK Agarwal, who was one of the independent candidates in the Rajya Sabha poll, was also raided on Saturday.

The CBI has registered an FIR after the Jharkhand High Court, hearing a petition related to the case, asked the Election Commission to get the horse-trading charges probed by the central agency.

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.

(JPN/Agencies)