New Delhi: After seeking permission from the Union Ministry of personnel and training, the CBI has started investigating the alleged horse trading case in the Rajya Sabha Polls in Jharkhand. In this regard the investigating agency has demanded all the documents from the Jharkhand police which had seized Rs 2.15 crore from a relative of an Independent candidate during the Election Day. After investigating the documents the CBI will take a decision whether to file an FIR or commence initial probe.

A senior CBI official said, “Responding to the letter of the Election Commission (EC) for seeking a CBI inquiry into the alleged horse trading during the Rajya Sabha Polls in Jharkhand, the Union Ministry of personnel and training has given consent for the same. Before starting the inquiry, the CBI has asked the Jharkhand Police to submit all the documents regarding money transactions.”

Notably, just before the polls Jharkhand police recovered Rs 2.15 crore from a relative of an independent candidate RK Aggarwal. The money, allegedly was to be used for horse trading. Not only, the Election Commission countermanded the polls amidst the allegations of horse trading but also demanded for a CBI probe into the matter. Later, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda wrote a letter to the Central government seeking a CBI probe into it.

JPN/Bureau