CBI files charge sheet against Madhu Koda and two of his aides

Last Updated: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 21:35

Ranchi: The CBI on Friday filed a charge sheet
against former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and two of
his aides for allegedly receiving Rs 13 crore as bribe for
showing favour and recommending allotment of land to a private
company for mining iron ore.

The chargesheet was filed against Koda and his two aides
Binod Sinha and Sanjay Chaudhary in the court of a special
judge here under 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and
provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
According to a release issued by the CBI spokesman,
the investigation showed that the former Chief Minister had
shown favour to a company by obtaining illegal gratification
to the tune of Rs 13 crores in the matter of recommending it
for allotment of land for mining iron ore.

The former Chief Minister of Jharkhand and Sinha are
presently in judicial custody while Chaudhary is absconding,
the spokesman said.

"Investigation on other aspects of the FIR is
continuing", he said.

The CBI had carried out searches in Ranchi in connection
with the multi-crore scam involving Koda following questioning
of Sinha. He was arrested by the CBI on September 16, this
year.

Sinha was wanted by vigilance and enforcement agencies
in a hawala case involving Koda, two state ministers -- Enos
Ekka and Harinarain Rai -- and others. He had been evading
arrest since February 2007, a CBI official said.

Jharkhand Vigilance Bureau had registered an FIR on July
2, 2009 in a case of disproportionate assets involving Koda
and some former state ministers.

The case was later transferred to CBI by the Jharkhand
High Court and, accordingly, a case was registered on August
11, 2010 alleging that Sinha earned crores of rupees by
engineering allotment of mining leases to his own companies or
his associates for commission during the regime of Koda, the
official said.
The CBI had alleged that the accused had acquired large
number of properties and companies, within and outside the
country out of this ill-gotten wealth.

Sinha has been charged by the Enforcement Directorate
(ED) with investing money on behalf of Koda in India and some
Middle-East countries.

The state high court had given directions on a PIL filed
by social activist Durga Oraon who sought a CBI probe into the
disproportionate assets allegedly owned by Koda and his
former cabinet colleagues.

The ED and the Income Tax Department are separately
investigating allegations of illegal investment and hawala
transactions against Koda and others. A Lok Sabha MP from
Chaibasa, Koda was arrested by state vigilance bureau in
November last year and is lodged in a jail here.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 21:35

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