Industrialist R K Agarwal arrested in Rajya Sabha poll horse trading case

Allegations of horse trading were rife and some Rs 2.15 cr in cash was seized from Agarwal's aide.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ranchi | Published: May 14, 2013 6:59:13 pm

Industrialist R K Agarwal,an Independent candidate in last year’s Rajya Sabha election in Jharkhand,was arrested today by CBI.

“Agarwal was arrested from a place near a court here. He has been taken for interrogation in connection with the alleged horse trading during Rajya Sabha election,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (CBI) A K Jha said.

Agarwal was accused of horse trading during the biennial election last year.

Special CBI judge R K Chaudhary on Tuesday had cancelled Agarwal’s bail plea on the request of the investigating agency,which claimed the lower court had granted bail despite evidence against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The Election Commission had countermanded the Rajya Sabha polls in two seats in Jharkhand in the wake of allegations of horse trading and seizure of Rs 2.15 crore in cash from an aide of Agarwal.

The CBI had taken charge of the investigation,and conducted raids in the premises of at least 23 MLAs.

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