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Updated: November 27, 2009 18:49 IST

Vigilance Bureau issues fresh summons to Koda

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Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda at an election rally in Ranchi. File Photo: PTI
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda at an election rally in Ranchi. File Photo: PTI

The Vigilance Bureau issued fresh summons to former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda in a disproportionate assets case to appear before it on December 4 after he failed to do so on Friday.

“He was to appear today. But he sent a letter stating that he was busy in electioneering. The department immediately issued (fresh) summons to appear before it on December 4,” Inspector General of Police (Vigilance) M.V Rao told PTI here.

The summons was issued in connection with a disproportionate assets (DA) case pending before the special Vigilance Court here.

Bandhu Tirkey, Kamlesh Singh and Bhanu Pratap Sahi are the other former ministers in the then Koda government who are also facing DA charges, Mr. Rao said.

Mr. Koda had also failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate on November 13, 15 and 19 citing the same reason.

The ED had summoned him in connection with the Rs. 4,000 crore money laundering case that it booked against him and eight others.

Subsequent raids by the Income Tax department on 70 premises, including Koda’s, on October 31 had revealed a Rs. 2,000 crore alleged Hawala transactions and illegal investments.

The IT and ED authorities are studying documents relating to mines as Mr. Koda held that portfolio since 2004 and retained it after taking over the reins from Arjun Munda.

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