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Updated: October 28, 2010 11:58 IST

Cong. leaders arrested with Rs. 6.44 lakh in Bihar

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A file picture of Congress party secretary Sagar Rayka. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar
The HIndu A file picture of Congress party secretary Sagar Rayka. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

Congress Secretary Sagar Rayka and the party’s Bihar youth wing president Lalan Kumar were arrested here today after police found Rs 6.44 lakh in their possession which was be allegedly used to lure people to join an election rally.

Acting on a tip-off, police raided a hotel in Barauni in the district and took Rayka, who is also in-charge of Bihar affairs, Kumar and six others into custody for allegedly keeping cash to lure people to join an election rally, Circle Officer Ramesh Prasad said.

They were brought to Barauni police station and were later released on personal bonds, he said.

Congress leaders have been criss-crossing Bihar to campaign for their party in the Assembly polls. Congress President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address an election rally here later today.

Mr. Rayka claimed the money seized from them was that of the party and was meant for poll expenses.

“We have been falsely implicated by the authorities here at the behest of opponents under a well-hatched conspiracy to defame us”, he said.

Mr. Rayka said the money was “seized from a hotel room and there is no evidence to prove the charge that it will be used for influencing the voters."

“We will expose the conspiracy hatched by our political opponents”, he said.



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