Ranchi: Amid CBI probe into the March 30 countermanded Rajya Sabha polls, Bishrampur Congress MLA Chandra Shekhar Dubey on Monday alleged that his own party’s Upper House MP Dheeraj Sahu had offered him Rs. 25 lakh in 2010 to vote in his favour.

"I was offered Rs. 25 lakh by Dheeraj Sahu in the 2010 Rajya Sabha poll," Chandrashekhar Dubey said. However, Sahu immediately denied the charge by saying, "I was the party's candidate. Why should I give money to my own party MLAs for voting in my favour.”

In 2010, Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidates Dheeraj Sahu and KD Singh had won the biennial Rajya Sabha polls. The Election Commission (EC) had countermanded the March 30 Rajya Sabha polls in the state in view of allegations of horse-trading. The poll was countermanded after Rs. 2.15 crore in cash was seized from a car belonging to a candidate's brother.

According to CBI, the seized amount was meant to buy votes of legislators. The CBI has searched houses of three MLAs -- KN Tripathi of Congress, Suresh Paswan of RJD and Vishnu Bhaiyya of JMM.

The CBI has registered an FIR after the Jharkhand High Court asked the EC to get the horse-trading charges probed by the central agency.

The EC will hold a fresh poll May 3 for the two Rajya Sabha seats from the state.