IT Dept Conducts Raids at Former Jharkhand CM Koda’s Residences

Income Tax department has conducted raids at the residences of former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda after a case was registered by the Enforcement Directorate against him and his three ministerial colleagues for alleged money laundering and diversion of state funds.

According to media reports, separate teams carried out raids at Koda’s residences in Ranchi and Chaibasa.

“We can only tell later,” he said when asked about the number of places being raided.

On October 9, a case was registered by the Enforcement Directorate against Koda and his colleagues on charges of making large illegal investments abroad including purchase of mines as far as in Liberia. Koda was chief minister between February 2006 and August 2008.

It should be noted that Koda, who may face arrest, is the first former chief minister and high-profile politician to have been booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The ED had filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), which is equivalent to an FIR, before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act court in Ranchi against Koda and three of his cabinet colleagues – Kamlesh Singh, Bhanu Pratap Shahi and Bhandu Tirkey – besides five other persons.

According to the ECIR, Koda is alleged to have purchased mines in Liberia worth $17 lakh (Rs 8.5 crore) besides making other ‘benami’ purchases in the name of his close confidant Binod Sinha, once a tractor mechanic.

As per the ECIR, the property in the name of Sinha runs into several hundred crores of rupees.

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