PIL in HC regarding CBI probe into Jharkhand Congress MLAs arrested with Rs 49 lakhs

Ranchi: A demand has been made to conduct an independent investigation into the case of three Jharkhand Congress MLAs who were caught with around Rs 49 lakh in Kolkata, West Bengal. There has been a demand for a high-level CBI inquiry into the entire matter.

A public interest litigation has been filed in the Jharkhand High Court in this regard. Advocate Ram Subhag Singh has filed this petition on behalf of the applicant Palamu resident Mithilesh Kumar Singh. Congress MLAs Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachhap and Naman Vixal were caught with cash. 

The applicant has made the Central Home Secretary, State Government, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary of Home Department, CBI Director and others as respondents. The applicant had written a letter to the Union Ministry on 22 August demanding a CBI inquiry. In the petition, the applicant has said that the cash scandal of Congress MLAs Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachhap and Naman Vixal Kongadi has brought disrepute to the state of Jharkhand.

It seems that this is being done to harass the present state government. On 29 July 2022, these three MLAs were arrested by the West Bengal Police with a bag full of 49 lakh rupees while traveling on NH-16 in Ranihat, Howrah. Congress MLA Kumar Jaimangal had lodged an FIR against the MLAs at Argora police station in Ranchi.

The trio have been accused of conspiring to topple the Hemant Soren government. The applicant has also said that this matter seems to be related to West Bengal, Jharkhand and Assam. Bengal Police cannot conduct a fair investigation as the matter is related to different states. In such a situation, it would be appropriate to get the entire matter investigated by the CBI. 

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