CBI interrogates aide of ex-Jharkhand CM in DA case
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 21:55
  
Ranchi: CBI has carried out searches in Ranchi in connection with the multi-crore scam involving former Chief Minister Madhu Koda after a close aide Binod Sinha gave information to the probe agencies.

Sinha, arrested by the CBI on September 16 and is at present in its custody for 10 days, is being questioned by the CBI and other agencies in connection with a disproportionate assets case related to alleged illegal investments in India and abroad.

Sinha was wanted by different vigilance and enforcement agencies in the alleged hawala case involving the former CM and two state ministers -- Enos Ekka and Harinarain Rai -- and others and he was evading arrest since February, 2007, a CBI official said.

The CBI officials said searches were part of routine investigations and refused to divulge any further details.

Jharkhand Vigilance Bureau had registered an FIR on July 2, 2009 on accumulation of disproportionate assets allegedly by 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, he claimed.

The CBI had stated 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 court's direction followed 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.

On October nine last year, the ED had filed an FIR against Koda and some others. On October 31, the Income Tax officials had conducted raids in the premises of Koda and his aides.

Koda was arrested by the state vigilance bureau in November, 2009, weeks after ducking summons in an alleged Rs 2,000 crore illegal money transfer scam. A Lok Sabha MP from Chaibasa, Koda is now lodged in a Ranchi jail.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 21:55


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