Ranchi: On Wednesday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches at 19 separate locations, including houses of two legislators, in connection with horse trading linked to the Jharkhand Rajya Sabha poll. According to the sources in the CBI, the raids are being conducted in Ranchi, Dumka, Kolkata, and Bhubneshwar. The houses of independent legislators Chamra Linda and Bandhu Tirkey were searched in Ranchi.
"CBI team on early morning searched my house. The search was related to the Rajya Sabha poll," said Chamra Linda to the reporters. The CBI team has during the raids taken the details of account numbers, investments, and bank transactions of a few people.
The CBI on May 18 conducted searches at 39 places of 14 legislators, including Labour Minister Chandra Prakash Chaudhary in the horse trading case.
The March 30 Rajya Sabha poll from Jharkhand was countermanded after Rs 2.15 crore in cash was seized from the vehicle of a relative of an independent candidate on the outskirts of Ranchi. The poll was then rescheduled and took place on May 3.
Sources tell that CBI searches were based on the counting of ballots on March 30.
The legislators are said to have crossed their party line to vote in the Rajya Sabha poll.