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CBI books Madhu Koda; ED nabs 2 of his aides

August 12, 2010 11:52 IST

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday arrested aides of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda -- Manoj Punamiya and Arvind Vyas -- from Delhi in a case of alleged illegal investments and Hawala transactions.

Earlier in the day, the Central Bureau of Investigation lodged separate FIRs against Koda, six of his former cabinet members and two of his aides on corruption charges, a week after the high court asked the agency to take up the investigation.

The first FIR was filed against former Rural Development Minister, Enos Ekka and former Urban Development Minister, Harinarain Rai while the second was filed against Koda, former Water Resources Minister, Kamlesh Singh,

former HRD Minister, Bandhu Tirkey and former Health Minister, B P Sahi.

Vinod Sinha and Sanjay Chaudhry, alleged aides of Koda, are among those chargesheeted

The court's direction followed 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 during their ministerial tenure.

The Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department are separately investigating alleged illegal investment and hawala transactions against Koda and others.

On October 9, the ED had filed an FIR against Koda and some others. On October 31, the Income Tax officials conducted raids in the premises of Koda and his aides.

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