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CBI files chargesheet against Madhu Koda, aides

They allegedly got Rs 13 crore as bribe for recommending allotment of land to a private company for mining iron ore.

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Updated:November 12, 2010, 10:54 PM IST
CBI files chargesheet against Madhu Koda, aides
They allegedly got Rs 13 crore as bribe for recommending allotment of land to a private company for mining iron ore.

Ranchi: The CBI today filed a chargesheet against former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and two of his aides for allegedly receiving Rs 13 crore as bribe for showing favour and recommending allotment of land to a private company for mining iron ore.

The chargesheet was filed against Koda and his two aides Binod Sinha and Sanjay Chaudhary in the court of a special judge here under 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

According to a release issued by the CBI spokesman, the investigation showed that the former Chief Minister had shown favour to a company by obtaining illegal gratification to the tune of Rs 13 crores in the matter of recommending it for allotment of land for mining iron ore.

The former Chief Minister of Jharkhand and Sinha are presently in judicial custody while Chaudhary is absconding, the spokesman said.

"Investigation on other aspects of the FIR is continuing", he said.

The CBI had carried out searches in Ranchi in connection with the multi-crore scam involving Koda following questioning of Sinha. He was arrested by the CBI on September 16, this year.

Sinha was wanted by vigilance and enforcement agencies in a hawala case involving Koda, two state ministers -- Enos Ekka and Harinarain Rai -- and others. He had been evading arrest since February 2007, a CBI official said.

Jharkhand Vigilance Bureau had registered an FIR on July 2, 2009 in a case of disproportionate assets involving Koda and some former state ministers.

The case was later transferred to CBI by the Jharkhand High Court and, accordingly, a case was registered on August 11, 2010 alleging that Sinha earned crores of rupees by engineering allotment of mining leases to his own companies or his associates for commission during the regime of Koda, the official said.

The CBI had alleged that the accused had acquired large number of properties and companies, within and outside the country out of this ill-gotten wealth.

Sinha has been charged by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) with investing money on behalf of Koda in India and some Middle-East countries.

The state high court had given directions on a PIL filed by social activist Durga Oraon who sought a CBI probe into the disproportionate assets allegedly owned by Koda and his former cabinet colleagues.

The ED and the Income Tax Department are separately investigating allegations of illegal investment and hawala transactions against Koda and others. A Lok Sabha MP from Chaibasa, Koda was arrested by state vigilance bureau in November last year and is lodged in a jail here.

The Superintendent of Police (CBI), R C Choudhari, told PTI in Ranchi that the agency had filed a second interim chargesheet against Koda and his associates Binod Sinha and Sanjay Choudhary in the special CBI court of Pankaj Kumar.

The chargesheet accused Koda of misusing his position to allegedly benefit Sinha and Sanjay Choudhary in taking "bribes" from various companies in the allotment of lease of iron mines.

The CBI officer said investigation into the Koda scam would continue and the final chargesheet would be filed on the conclusion of the probe.

According to sources in the investigation department, the second interim chargesheet was filed to deny any bail opportunity for Sinha, who could have secured the same after 60 days from his arrest on September 16.

The two-month period was to end within a few days.

Sinha was arrested from Delhi while Choudhary is still absconding despite facing warrant of arrest and lookout notice after the Koda scam came to surface during countrywide raids on October 31 last year.

Koda was arrested on November 30 last year and is in judicial custody along with Sinha.

(With inputs from PTI)

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