CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Saturday described as ‘unprecedented’ former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda’s defiance of not appearing before investigating agencies probing multi-crore corruption charges against him.

“In high-profile cases, it is unprecedented,” Mr. Yechury said.

While the Enforcement Directorate issued summons to Koda thrice, the Income Tax Department issued it once and the state Vigilance Bureau twice in connection with money laundering charges and disproportionate assets case, Koda wrote to the agencies that he was busy electioneering in Jharkhand.

Koda’s wife is contesting Jagannathpur seat.

“The real reason is the Congress has kept all options open for a post-election scenario despite the brazen corruption charges (against Koda),” Mr. Yechuri alleged.

Claiming that nowhere in the country had he witnessed so much corruption in the last nine years, the senior Left leader said Income Tax raids on October 31 at properties owned by Koda and his associates had surprised the nation with the massive proportion of corruption.

“There were allegations over constituency-wise election expenditure in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during the recently held polls, but what I gather is that during the ensuing elections, Jharkhand will not only match, but cross it in some seats,” he said.