Koda case: SC notice to ED on industrialist’s plea
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 00:20
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from the Enforcement Directorate and the Jharkhand Government on the bail application of an industrialist allegedly involved in the embezzlement of huge public funds along with former Chief Minister Madhu Koda.

A bench of Justices Deepak Verma and K S Radhakrishnan issued notice to the authorities on the application moved by Vikash Kumar Sinha, who also alleged that he had been falsely implicated in the case and that no action was being taken against Koda and three former ministers under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

Koda had resigned on August 23, 2008 as Chief Minister amidst allegations that Rs 4,000 crore public money was siphoned off by him and his alleged cronies.

Senior counsel R Venkatramani, appearing for Sinha, submitted that the industrialist was falsely implicated by the authorities under the Act and was in judicial custody since November 2009, though he had no connection with the alleged embezzlement.

The petitioner submitted that though various criminal cases under IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and Money Laundering Act were registered against the former Chief Minister and then Cabinet Ministers Kamlesh Singh, Bhanu Pratap Singh and Bandhi Tirkey, no chargesheet was filed and they were not interrogated.

Sinha was arrested for the alleged offence and sent to jail, Venkatramani told the court.

"What is your connection with the former Chief Minister? Were you a middle man?" the bench asked the counsel who submitted that he was merely an industrialist and was being made a scapegoat in the case.

Following this, the apex court issued notice to the authorities seeking their response within four weeks.


First Published: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 00:20

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