Charges not framed against Madhu Koda



Ranchi: Charges against former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda in the money laundering case could not be framed on Thursday due to the absence of one of his alleged aides at the special court trying him.

While Koda and his alleged aides Vijay Joshi, Binod Sinha and Arvind Vyas appeared before the court of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), another accused Manoj Babulal Punamia could not attend it.

Punamia’s counsel informed the court of G K Singh that his client could not appear as he was under treatment for some ailment.

The court fixed February 27 to frame charges as all the accused should remain present during it.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate filed a petition before the PMLA court seeking to separate cases of former minister Kamlesh Singh from the Koda scam as charges against Singh and Koda were different.

It instead sought clubbing Vikas Sinha, alleged aide of the former chief minister, as his 'proceeds' were related to Koda’s.

After Sinha’s counsel sought time to file a rejoinder on the ED’s petition, the court posted it for hearing on February 27.

PTI