Sita, a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha legislator, surrendered in a CBI court as her anticipatory bail in a 2012 horse-trading case was rejected by the Jharkhand High Court last week.

The court had directed her to surrender within one week. The CBI personnel had raided houses of more than 23 legislators of different parties in connection with the 2010 and 2012 horse-trading cases.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jharkhand unit has, however, charged that the CBI is shielding many JMM, Congress and other legislators involved in the 2012 horse-trading case.

"We demand that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) should be formed to investigate the 2012 horse-trading case and the Jharkhand High Court should monitor the case investigation. The CBI is working as Congress Investigation Agency," BJP legislator Raghubar Das said.

On the polling day on March 30, 2012, for Rajya Sabha biennial elections, income tax sleuths seized more than Rs two crore from a vehicle said to be owned by a relative of independent candidate RK Agrawal.

The poll was later countermanded by the Election Commission in view of incidents of "horse trading and use of money power to influence the voters".


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