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Koda says he will report to ED after polls
Published on 21 Nov. 2009 11:01 PM IST
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Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who has failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the money laundering case against him, today said he would be available for questioning only after the Assembly polls. “The summons by the ED were delivered at my Ranchi residence only on November 18, a day before the appearance when I was busy campaigning (for assembly polls) in Chaibasa,” Koda said here when asked by reporters why he failed to appear before the agency on November 19. Koda said he would be available only after the conclusion of Jharkhand state Assembly polls on December 18. The former Jharkhand Chief Minister has put up six candidates, including his wife Gita on behalf on Jharkhand Navanirman Morcha for the polls. “Moreover, the ED wanted certain documents like passport, which I don’t have as they must be with either the income tax authorities or vigilance department (both the agencies had raided Koda’s residence). Unless I get them how can I show them,” he said. He refused to comment on his ‘aides’ Sanjay Choudhary and Binod Sinha, who are facing arrest warrants following the raid by Income Tax authorities on about 70 premises, including Koda’s residences, and unearthed documents that allegedly pointed to hawala transactions and illegal investment to the tune of over Rs 2000 crore. Cong may hush up Koda scam: Rajnath Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh Saturday charged that the Congress may hush up the Madhu Koda scam like the Bofors kickback case. “Congress can cross all limits to patronise corruption. Congress can hush up the Madhu Koda scam case like Bofors kickback case. In Madhu Koda case several Congress leaders could land in trouble and the case could be hushed up,” alleged the BJP president while talking to reporters here Saturday evening. He said: “There should be a probe on how many leaders visited Switzerland during the Madhu Koda regime. Madhu Koda is not the only person in the Rs.4,000-crore scam. There are several other leaders who could land in trouble. “When Quattrochhi who lives in Italy could be let off in Bofors kickback scam then why can’t the Koda scam be hushed up? But we will raise the Koda issue in parliament.” When asked about the Central Bureau of Investigation probe into assets of all Jharkhand chief ministers since 2001, Rajnath Singh said: “There is a public interest litigation pending in court and we have faith in judiciary.” “If the BJP is voted to power then we will review the work of the government every year,” he promised.

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