'Bribed' MLA served legal notice in MP

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Jabalpur, Mar 24 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh's Samajwadi Party legislator Kishor Samrite was today served a legal notice by the state's former advocate-general Vivek Krishna Tankha, who is also a Congress-supported independent candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections, after the MLA alleged that he was paid a bribe of Rs 10 lakh to vote for Mr Tankha on March 28.

The notice, sent through Advocate Shashank Shekhar, warned that legal action would be initiated if an apology was not tendered through media in 48 hours as Mr Samrite had attempted to ''sully'' Mr Tankha's image.

The MLA alleged in Bhopal, on March 18, that the Congress offered a bribe of Rs 25 lakh and ex-minister N P Prajapati delivered Rs 10 lakh at the MLA Resthouse where Mr Samrite was staying. Mr Samrite immediately informed the press and alerted police. The latter is conducting an inquiry and has allegedly seized the ''advance.'' The MLA's statement was recorded by police. The Congress described the allegation as untrue.

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