Koda summoned by ED, IT to quiz him on Tuesday

Last Updated: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 00:30

Ranchi/New Delhi: Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda was discharged from a hospital on Sunday and will be questioned by the Income Tax department in a money laundering case on Tuesday while the Enforcement Directorate summoned him to appear before it next Friday.

"Fresh Summons have been served on Koda to appear before
the ED on November 13," a senior official of the Enforcement
Directorate told a news agency.

Ajit Shrivastav, Additional Director(Investigation), met
Koda at his home shortly after he was discharged from the
hospital.

"He (Koda) requested me to just allow him one day rest
and said then we can start out investigation. We can start
from day after tomorrow," Shrivastav said about future probe
in the Rs 2,000 crore alleged Hawala and illegal investments
case. The sealed room of Koda`s house would also be opened
during Koda`s interrogation

A "prohibitory order" has also placed at Koda`s
residence, he added.

IT department sources said in New Delhi that Koda will be
questioned on the "concealment of income and illegal
investments found during their searches".

A wheel-chair bound Koda while leaving a Ranchi hospital
after undergoing treatment for five days told reporters, "I am
innocent. I don`t have any connections with anybody."

According to sources, the Directorate served fresh
summons to Koda as the IT department has communicated to the
ED officials, after Koda`s discharge, about its move to
question the former chief minister.

The ED meanwhile brought Vikash Sinha, an associate
of Koda, to the national capital for interrogation after he
became the first person to be arrested in the case.

"His(Vikash) interrogation has begun," sources said.

Vikash, has been brought from the Jharkhand capital to
the ED`s zonal office here, after a Ranchi local court gave
the Directorate his custody for 10 days.

Authorities were also contemplating issuing arrest
warrants against Koda`s associates Binod Kumar Sinha, Sanjay
Choudhary and three others in a day or two as they had not
appeared before the investigating agency on November six.

An IT official said "several teams are working in
Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jamshedpur and other places to gather
evidence and stitch them together."

The task would take time as documents of mines dated
back to 2004 when Koda was the mines minister under Arjun
Munda government, he said.

The agencies have unearthed hawala and illegal
investments of Rs 2000 crore after they launched raids on 76
premises across the country on October 31.

In a fresh discovery, IT officials came to know about
transfer of Rs 168 crore in a bank by a non-existant company,
the official said.

The IT, he added, had requested the ED to move the
appropriate authorities to get all the e-mails exchanged
during the last three years in connection with the illegal
investments and hawala transactions.

Earlier in the day, Koda was discharged from a city
hospital after the doctors declared him medically fit. He got
himself admitted to the hospital following stomach ache.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, November 9, 2009 - 00:30
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