Ranchi: With Vinod Kumar Sinha, a close
aide of former Jharkhand Chief minister Madhu Koda, still in
hiding, Income Tax department tonight set a four-day ultimatum
to him to appear before it or face legal action.
Besides Sinha, the ultimatum has also been set for
Sanjay Kumar Choudhary, Devendra Mukhia, Basant Bhattacharya,
Manoj Punamiya and Anil Bastawde, a senior officer said here.
"They have been advised to appear before the office
of Additional Director of Income-Tax (INV), Ranchi on November
6 at 11 am to explain certain transactions and events," he
If they fail to appear, the department would be
constrained to take legal action under various laws, he said.
Koda and his associates are facing charges by the IT
of hawala transactions and illegal investments amounting to
Rs 2000 crore as the department continued its search and
seizure operation under the provisions of Income Tax Act.
Koda is facing questioning by IT sleuths for the last
three days at his residence in Ranchi.
The IT raids began on 70 premises in nine cities
across the country from Saturday. Searches at some places have
concluded while they are continuing in other places.