Ranchi: Charges against former Jharkhand
chief minister Madhu Koda in the money laundering case could
not be framed on Thursday due to the absence of one of his alleged
aides at the special court trying him.
While Koda and his alleged aides Vijay Joshi, Binod
Sinha and Arvind Vyas appeared before the court of Prevention
of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), another accused Manoj Babulal
Punamia could not attend it.
Punamia’s counsel informed the court of GK Singh that
his client could not appear as he was under treatment for some
The court fixed February 27 to frame charges as all the
accused should remain present during it.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate filed a petition
before the PMLA court seeking to separate cases of former
minister Kamlesh Singh from the Koda scam as charges against
Singh and Koda were different.
It instead sought clubbing Vikas Sinha, alleged aide of
the former chief minister, as his `proceeds` were related to
After Sinha’s counsel sought time to file a rejoinder
on the ED’s petition, the court posted it for hearing on