Chhattisgarh Congress leader named in cash-for-vote case

November 7th, 2008 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Nov 7 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh police Friday registered a First Information Report (FIR) against senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, a candidate from the Dantewada constituency of the state assembly, for allegedly offering cash for votes for the Nov 14 elections.The FIR was lodged at Dantewada police station on the instruction of the district election officer S.P. Sori.

“We have taken a suo moto cognizance of a media report that Karma tried to bribe some voters. The FIR has been registered under Section 171(d) of the Indian Penal Code and section 123 (1) of the Representation of People Act,” Sori told IANS by phone.

Karma, a former minister, is Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing state assembly.

He is seeking re-election from Dantewada. If he wins, it will be a hat-trick from one of the most insurgency-hit seats of the state.

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