Jharkhand High Court on Tuesday said the Director (Income Tax-Investigation), who is probing the multi-crore scam allegedly involving ex-Chief Minister Madhu Koda and his associates, should continue in his current post till further orders.
Admitting a PIL seeking a stay on the I-T officer Ujjwal Choudhary’s transfer till the conclusion of the probe, the bench of Chief Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra and Justice R. R. Prasad said he should continue in his post till further direction.
The bench had on March 16 asked the officer to continue till March 30.
A social activist, Durga Oraon had on February 24 filed a PIL when Mr. Choudhary was among the 29 officers to be transferred during internal transfer/postings of the Income Tax department on February 19.
Mr. Oraon claimed that the transfer might affect the investigation into the multi-crore scam.
Mr. Choudhary was in Chaibasa overseeing country-wide raids when he got the transfer orders.
The I-T had on October 31 stumbled upon the Rs. 2,000 crore alleged illegal investments and hawala transaction during country-wide raids conducted, including at the premises of Koda and his associates.