Residences of RJD MLA Sanjay Yadav, three others related to the 2010 scam accused

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday raided five premises including the houses of Rashtriya Janata Dal MLA from Godda Sanjay Prasad Yadav and three persons related to those accused in the cash-for-votes scam in the biennial Rajya Sabha elections in June 2010.

The investigation relates to the election of Kanwar Deep Singh to the Rajya Sabha on a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha ticket. In November 2010, K.D. Singh left the JMM to join the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) in West Bengal.

The CBI is investigating a media sting where six MLAs were caught on tape expressing their willingness to accept money in exchange for voting for a particular candidate ahead of the 2010 biennials. The probe was initially handled by the State Vigilance Department and was handed over to the CBI in February this year.

MLA’s flat sealed

On Friday, the CBI raided and sealed an apartment owned by RJD MLA Sanjay Prasad Yadav in Ranchi. Raids were also conducted on the office and residence of Ram Krishna, an executive magistrate in Ranchi, the residence of Sutanu Kumar, a former JMM worker who became an apolitical worker for AITC, and Arjun Prasad, an employee of an aviation firm owned by K.D. Singh.

“Two premises owned by Sanjay Prasad Yadav and Sutanu Kumar were sealed as there was no one present there at the time of the raid. These will be inspected later,” said a CBI official.

Earlier on February 21, the CBI had raided the premises of BJP MLA Uma Shankar Akela, JMM’s Simon Marandi and Congress’ Yogendra Sao and Rajesh Ranjan. On April 4, the agency raided another 13 premises, including nine Jharkhand MLAs’ premises.

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