The CBI Monday filed three chargesheets against five former MLAs in a Ranchi court in connection with the alleged cash-for-vote scam during the Rajya Sabha election held in Jharkhand in June 2010.
The CBI probe had reportedly revealed that the accused MLAs had demanded and accepted illegal gratification to the tune of Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore for casting their votes in favour of a journalist, posing as a candidate, as part of a sting operation by a TV channel.
The former MLAs had allegedly assured the journalist that they would influence their fellow party legislators to vote for him as well.
The first chargesheet has been filed against Rajesh Ranjan, Yogendra Saw and Sawna Lakra, the second against Simon Marandi and third against Uma Shankar Akela.
A case was registered by CBI against six ex-MLAs on orders of the Jharkhand HC in response to a PIL filed by an NGO. The agency had taken over the case from the state vigilance bureau, which had registered the case on the complaint of the EC. One of the MLAs died before the probe started.