Days after the Jharkhand High Court directed the Election Commission (EC) to hand over the inquiry into the cash seizure on the day of polling for the two Rajya Sabha seats from the state to CBI,the commission on Monday wrote to the Central government requesting it to refer the matter to the investigating agency for an inquiry. The poll panel had countermanded the elections on March 30.
The Commission desires that the whole matter relating to elections to the Rajya Sabha be entrusted to the CBI for a thorough investigation and for bringing the culprits to book so that the pristine purity of elections to the Rajya Sabha is maintained and the glory and prestige of the Upper House of Parliament,known as the House of Elders,is not tarnished by the entry of those who have secured election by unfair means of bribery of voters, the Election Commission has written to the Secretary,Ministry of Personnel,Public Grievances and Pension.
The Commission has also cited the case of allegations of horse-trading during the previous biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand in 2010 and the sting operation on some Orissa Assembly members demanding money for voting in favour of Rajya Sabha candidates the same year.
Though the matter is understood to be under investigation by the State Police authorities,no substantive progress has so far been reported to the Commission into such investigation, the Commission has written regarding the state-instituted probe in the 2010 Rajya Sabha elections case and has also deplored the progress in the Orissa case,saying,Here too,hardly any progress seems to have been made in the investigation by the State Police authorities.