Claiming that huge amounts of money was stashed abroad, BJP on Monday demanded setting up of a special investigation team to probe the multi-crore money laundering scam allegedly involving former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda.

“As a large amount of ill-gotten money was invested outside the country, including Dubai, Sweden, Thailand and Liberia, it is beyond the reach of the ED to investigate the scam abroad,” senior BJP leader and former MLA Saryu Roy said.

Demanding setting up of an SIT for the purpose, he said the team should comprise other investigating agencies - vigilance department, income tax probing the scam, besides officials from the ED and CBI.

The investigation should be carried out under the supervision of the Jharkhand High Court, he added.

Mr. Roy said though the ED had issued letters rogatory (LR) to obtain details of investments made by Koda and his associates through hawala channel in the first week of December, no progress was made as yet in the matter.

Even five months after the LR were issued none of the investigating agencies could arrest any accused involved in it, barring Koda and Vikash Sinha, nor confiscate their property, Mr. Roy alleged.

Keywords: Power abuse