CBI files chargesheet against two independent candidates; one MLA and three others;

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Case relates to alleged malpractice in Rajya Sabha biennial elections in Jharkhand

Jalandhar, June 7, 2013: The Central Bureau of Investigation filed a chargesheet earlier this week against two independent candidates of Rajya Sabha Election 2012; the agent of one candidate; a MLA; her father and her associate in the court of Special Judge, Ranchi in a case relating to alleged malpractice in Rajya Sabha Biennial Elections during March, 2012 in the State of Jharkhand.

According to the spokesperson og the CBI (HQ) New Delhi, this case was registered by CBI on a reference from the Election Commission of India with the directions of Jharkhand High Court relating to an alleged malpractice in Rajya Sabha Elections during March, 2012 in the State of Jharkhand. CBI took over investigation of Namkum Police Station Case No. 58 of 2012 dated March 30, 2012, on April 19, 2012 in which cash of Rs. 2.15 crores was recovered by Income Tax Department of Ranchi on March 30, 2012 from the relative of the independent candidate of Rajya Sabha Election 2012. The FIR of the case, alleged transportation of cash for payments to the voters who were the Members of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly.

He said that during the investigation, searches were conducted on the premises of Independent Candidates; their contacts and conduits and some Members of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly.

As many as  About 100 witnesses were examined. Following recovery of the cash and registration of the case, Election Commission of India countermanded the election and issued fresh notification.

Further investigation in respect of others is in progress.

The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it.  Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial, the release said.

Date: 
Friday, June 7, 2013