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Ranchi: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MLA Sita Soren today surrendered before the special court of Central Bureau of Investigation in the horsetrading case related to the Rajya
Sabha election of 2012. The court directed the police to send her into judicial custody.
Just at the time of her being sent to jail, the condition of the legislator deteriorated and she was sent to Rajendra Institute of Medical Science.
Soren surrendered in the court around 10 am. She produced herself in the court of special CBI judge RK Choudhary and surrendered. She told the court her health was bad. The court set aside the argument given by her and fixed 1st March as the date for next hearing.
In the evening, the legislator complained of pain in chest. Her treatment started soon after she was taken to RIMS at the court’s order.
Earlier, the court had dismissed the interim bail petition filed by Sita Soren and directed
her to surrender within a week’s time in the lower court. Soren is also accused of abducting her personal assistant.
The CBI has also accused her father BN Manjhi, personal secretary Rajendra Mandal, independent
Rajya Sabha candidate of 2012 election RK Agrawal, Pawan Dhut and Sunil Maheshwari.
Agrawal is in jail for the last several months. Dhut and Maheshwari are out on bail. The CBI has filed the chargesheet in this case.
The horsetrading case dates back to 30th March 2012 when Rajya Sabha election was held for two
seats in Jharkhand. Income Tax officials had seized cash worth Rs 2.15 crore from a vehicle in Namkum police station area.
The Election Commission of India had recommended cancellation of the election after stopping
counting of votes.
The High Court had ordered a CBI probe into the case on the basis of a public interest litigation. The elction was held again on the recommendation of the Elecction Commission sent to the President of India.