first_imgThe EC order said the Commission at the same time “cannotThe EC order said the Commission at the same time “cannot ignore to take cognisance of certain illegal activities” as appeared in media including the TV channels.It said JD (S) MLA Mallikarjun Khuba, being a public servant “may also be deemed to have committed an offence under the relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for seeking bribe for performing his constitutional function as such public servant of electing a member of the Rajya Sabha…therefore, the Commission holds that an FIR be lodged against Khuba and others and the whole matter be entrusted to the CBI for such deeper probe so that all those who may be involved in such nefarious activities are exposed and duly punished under the law.”It said it would ask the DoPT to instruct the CBI to take up the matter for proper investigation.The seven-page order came hours after Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and Election Commissioner A K Joti met here for three hours to decide on the elections to be held on June 11.While JD (S) had been demanding cancelling the polls, Congress and BJP were opposed to change in the poll schedule.The sting by two channels on June 2 had purportedly showed MLAs negotiating a money deal in exchange for their votes in the biennial elections to four Rajya Sabha seats from the state.Five candidates are in the fray for the elections to the four seats due to be held on June 11.advertisementThe decision was based on the factual report sent to Nirvachan Sadan by Karataka Chief Electoral Officer A K Jha. PTI NAB VMNlast_img

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