FIR against Koda in multi-crore electrification scam

An FIR has been filed against former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and 28 others by the Vigilance Bureau.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 11:15 AM IST

Ranchi: An FIR has been filed against
former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and 28 others by
the Vigilance Bureau, accusing them of forgery and criminal
conspiracy while awarding contracts to a Hyderabad-based
company for rural electrification.

The Vigilance Bureau filed the FIR Monday against
Koda, RJD leaders Girinath Singh and Prakash Ram, three former
chairmen of Jharkhand State Electricity Board and others,
Inspector General of Police, M V Rao, said here Tuesday.

The RJD was one of the parties which had supported
Koda’s 23-month-old government from outside.

The FIR charged them with accepting bribes and other
financial irregularities while awarding rural electrification
contract to a Hyderabad-based company to the tune of Rs 467.12
crore under the rural electrification scheme in Palamau,
Garhwa and Latehar.

Binod Sinha, a close aide of Koda, was also named in
the FIR.

Sinha has been absconding ever since the Enforcement
Directorate and the Income Tax department carried out raids in
70 places, including Koda’s premises, on October 31 last year.

Koda has been in judicial custody in connection with
hawala charges and illegal investments.

The bureau registered the FIR under IPC Sections
409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 423
(fraudulent execution), 467/468 (forgery and forgery for the
purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document)
and 120b (criminal conspiracy).

PTI