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Updated: May 18, 2012 23:14 IST

CBI conducts searches at residences of 15 Jharkhand MLAs

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This April 21, 2012 file photo shows security personnel guarding the residence of industrialist Raj Kumar Agarwal, independent candidate in the Rajya Sabha election, during a CBI raid in Jamshedpur.
PTI This April 21, 2012 file photo shows security personnel guarding the residence of industrialist Raj Kumar Agarwal, independent candidate in the Rajya Sabha election, during a CBI raid in Jamshedpur.

As a part of investigations into allegations of horse-trading during the March 30 Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted fresh searches in 35 places, which include the residences of 15 MLAs.A 36-member CBI team conducted searches at the residences of MLAs in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Hazaribagh, Godda, Bihar's Banka district and Giridih, a CBI official said.

The CBI seized several documents and crores of unaccounted money from the residences of these MLAs, according to the agency.

Among those whose residences where the CBI conducted searches were RJD MLAs Sanjay Prasad Yadav, Janardhan Paswan and Sanjay Kumar Singh Yadav; JDU MLA Sudha Choudhary; AJSU MLAs Ram Chandra Sahis, Umakant Razzak and Kamal Kishore Bhagat; JMM MLA Paulis Surin; BJP MLAs Arun Mandal and Ramchandra Baitha; Congress MLAs Saurav Narayan Singh, Anant Pratap Deo and Sarafaraz Ahmed; Independent candidate Pawan Kumar Dhoot, the official said.

On April 21, the CBI conducted a search at the residences of MLAs K.N. Tripathi (Congress), Suresh Paswan (RJD) and Vishnu Bhaiya (JMM).

A case has been registered under Sections 177F and 188 under the Indian Penal Code. These apply to disobeying the order of the authority during an election. It leads to a maximum one year punishment or fine or both.

The CBI filed a First Information Report based on the complaint launched in Ranchi's Namkoum police station on the recovery of Rs. 2.15 crore from a car. Following this, the poll, which was to be conducted on March 30, was postponed. Earlier, the CBI seized the ballot box that was used in the March 30 countermanded RS polls during the investigation.

This is a clear mockery of democratic system where Gov by the people for the people abuses people’s taxed money for their own benefit. When Election system in India will change this abuse of taxed money which is meant to be spending on health, education and Infrastructure? It is shocking that International agency degrading the credit rating of country at the same time we hear circulation of black money through systematic abuse of head of public institutions. It would not be a surprise if public uprising against our Gov spread throughout the country like the way we saw in other parts of the world. These people must learn to live on their salary and send same message to other Gov employees and never try converting democracy into aristocracy. Our head of public institutions should learn good thing from our ancient history and try to bring back our glory on the world map.
I think the way Gov jobs are offered to the suitable candidates through at least two stages of examination same way eligible candidates for election should be declared every five years. Their performance must be measured against the planned and actual development in the region if found failed (below70%) they should be permanently barred from attaining any public posts.

from:  Ajay
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 22:03 IST
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