Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday asked
a petitioner who sought a CBI probe into the disproportionate
assets case against former chief minister Madhu Koda to state
the necessity for it when a vigilance probe was already on.
The bench of acting Chief Justice Sushil Harkoli and
Justice D N Patel posed the query to petitioner Durga Oraon, a
social activist, and posted the next hearing for July 29.
Accusing Koda and some of his ex-cabinet members of
amassing wealth during their tenure, Oraon had filed the PIL
demanding a CBI probe.
Meanwhile, Koda had yesterday filed a petition seeking
deletion of his name from the list in the PIL, claiming that
it was filed as part of a political conspiracy against him.
Besides Koda, the former ministers the petitioner had
named in the PIL were Dulal Bhuyan, Bhanu Pratap Sahi, Bandhu
Tirkey, Enos Ekka, Harinarayan Rai and Chandraprakash
The names of Koda`s alleged aides, Binod Sinha and Sanjay
Choudhary who are still absconding, also figured in the PIL.
Koda, Ekka and Rai are in judicial custody after their
arrest last year in the DA case.
The Income Tax department and the Enforcement Directorate
are separately investigating allegations of money laundering
and illegal investments by Koda and others.