Ranchi: Following the recovery of over Rs.2 crore from the car of a Rajya Sabha candidate’s kin from Jharkhand on the day of elections, speculations are rife that this could also be a case of horse-trading which the state has witnessed in past on several occasions. 

Jharkhand has a history of horse-trading. In 2008 Rajya Sabha polls, many state MLAs were found engaged in cross-voting supporting affluent candidates to reach the Upper House of the Parliament. Later, these MLAs were exposed by a TV channel’s sting-operation which showed them bargaining for money in lieu of their votes.

A Vigilance department probe was ordered into the matter which is still on.

Vigilance sleuths had interrogated accused MLAs Rajesh Ranjan and Yogendra Sao of Congress, Simon Marandi of JMM and BJP’s Umashankar Akela in this connection. 

Another accused in the case, Congress MLA Sawan Lakda, is presently lodged in Birsa Central Jail in the connection with a murder case. 

One more accused and former JMM MLA Teklal Mahto, has already died.