SC declines bail to Ekka, wants trial daily
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday declined to grant any provisional bail to former Jharkhand minister Anoj Ekka and said it would consider ordering day to day trial in the alleged corruption and money laundering case registered against several bigwigs including then the chief minister Madhu Koda.
A bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai asked the Jharkand High Court Chief Justice for his opinion as to whether the court was willing to spare a special designated court to try the offences.
The bench passed the direction after Additional Solicitor General Mohan Jain and Centre`s counsel Subham sought setting up of a special court to deal with the corruption case against Ekka and several others.
The apex court refused to grant any bail to Ekka as sought by senior counsel UU Lalith who said the accused was in jail for the past 32 months.
In separate affidavits, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate sought setting up of special courts and opposed Ekka`s bail plea.
"That it is significant to note that this scam runs into several hundred crores of rupees and the proceeds of crime have been laundered not only in India but also abroad.
"Besides several former ministers including the then chief minister Madhu Koda are involved in the scam. All the accused persons including Madhu Koda are in jail and their bail petitions have been rejected by this honourable court.
"That furthermore, the petitioner is an influential person and in the past while in jail he has tried to tamper with the evidences," the ED said in an affidavit.
In it affidavit the CBI which has filed the filed charge
sheet wanted the trial against Ekka to be delinked from six other co-accused including his wife who according to the agency are absconding.
"Deponents submits that all other co-accused are absconding from the trial and under these circumstances, it is very difficult for the CBI to complete the trial. Under these circumstances, deponent submits that direction may kindly be issued to the special judge, CBI, Ranchi to separate the trial of the petitioner from the other co-accused.
The absconding co-accused according to the CBI are Menon U Ekka (wife), Jaykant Bara (brother-in-law), Deepak Lakra (associate), Gidiyan Ekka (brother), Roshan Minz (nephew), and Ibrahim Ekka (brother).
Anoj Ekka, Madhu Koda and other accused are alleged to have indulged in money laundering and illegal mining activities running into several crores of rupees loss to the state exchequer between 2005 to 2008.