Ranchi: Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO, Jharkhand Against Corruption, the Jharkhand High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government asking about steps being taken on the Rajya Sabha biennial elections from the state over allegations of horse-trading last month.

During the hearing on the PIL seeking CBI probe into the matter, the division judge bench of Chief Justice Prakash Tatiya and Justice Apresh Kumar Singh issued the notice.

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 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.