Hawala scam: Koda gives statement, denies charges by ED
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 15:44
Ranchi: Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, who was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate here, has given a detailed written statement denying any involvement in the multi-crore illegal investments and hawala case registered against him.

According to jail sources, the Directorate had given to Koda a questionnaire of over 100 queries that it had prepared based on the investigations carried out by it over the last three months and the statement of Koda's aide Vikash Sinha.

They said the former chief minister, who is lodged in the Birsa Munda Central jail here, has given a 28-page statement to the ED and has denied his involvement in any wrong-doing.

The Directorate, which had sent a team from the national capital, questioned the current Lok Sabha member about his relations to other accused in the case like Vikash, Binod Sinha and Sanjay Choudhary.

While Koda accepted he knew all the three, he is said to have denied any knowledge of any of the financial transactions carried out by them. Sources said he also denied investing in a Mumbai-based bullion firm or having opened other front companies.

He, however, has accepted that he had taken many foreign trips, which he said was both work-related and private.


First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 15:44

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