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Koda to be arrested, if skips questioning: ED
NEW DELHI, Nov 20 (Agencies):
Published on 20 Nov. 2009 10:58 PM IST
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Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda is getting more and more innovative in his ways to duck questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his alleged involvement in the multi-crore hawala scam. Sources told TIMES NOW on Friday that in his latest ploy, Koda has claimed ‘parliamentary privilege’ as a reason to avoid interrogation by the ED. Koda has told the ED he won’t submit to questioning, unless the ED gives him 30 days notice. Meanwhile, ED sources told TIMES NOW, that if Koda continues to duck their probe they will be forced to arrest him. On Thursday, Madhu Koda failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate citing reasons of election campaigning in interior areas of the state. The ED had summoned Koda to appear before its officials in Ranchi at 1530 hours for questioning in the multi-crore hawala and illegal investments case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Koda, according to sources, was to be questioned on the basis of documents seized during the nationwide Income Tax searches on him and his associates, which began on October 31. The ED also wanted to grill Koda on the statements of his business partner Vikash Sinha, arrested by the Directorate and presently in judicial custody. Koda had earlier termed all charges against him as a “political conspiracy”. The former chief minister said on November 14, “I am very much aware that some political higher-ups are working against me. I shall expose them at an appropriate time”.

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