A CBI team had earlier on Friday carried out raids at her residences in multiple locations in a lookout for crucial leads in the forgery case.

The raid was also conducted at the residence of her younger brother Sushant Pradhan in Bangalore.

According to CBI sources, the search operations that continued for about two hours on Saturday had no corroborating evidence or documents establishing Renubala’s complicity in the scam.

Six present and former MPs under CBI scanner

The CBI has registered cases against six sitting and former members of Rajya Sabha for allegedly filing fake inflated bills of their air travels for claiming reimbursement.

CBI sources said cases have been registered against three sitting MPs -- D Bandopadhyay of Trinamool Congress (TMC), Brajesh Pathak of BSP and Lalhming Liana of Mizo National Front--for allegedly submitting fake bills.

Former Rajya Sabha members JPN Singh (BJP), Mahmood A Madani (Rashtriya Lok Dal) and Renubala Pradhan (Biju Janata Dal) too have been named as accused.
    
According to CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad, the MPs allegedly claimed full payment on companion air tickets from Rajya Sabha Secretariat using fake e-tickets.

Sources said the MPs booked their tickets under an Air India promotional scheme where full fare economy class ticket passengers were entitled to have one ticket for their companion on nominal rates but submitted e-tickets of full fare for claiming reimbursement.

They said the difference of fare on companion ticket allegedly was a benefit to the concerned MP.

Sources said the case triggered from the interrogation of JD (U) MP Anil Kumar Sahani against whom a case was registered by the CBI in November last year for allegedly presenting fake bills to claim the reimbursement.

The accused have been booked under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of Indian Penal Code and 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

JPN/Agencies

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