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Ex-J'khand CM Koda's aide brought back to India, arrested

January 30, 2013 09:04 IST

A close associate of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda was brought back to New Delhi on Tuesday night from Indonesia by Indian agencies after the fugitive businessman was detained there following an Interpol notice against him for alleged money laundering charges.

A two-member team of Enforcement Directorate accompanied Anil Bastawde and he was taken into custody when he landed at the airport in New Delhi.

Sources said he would be sent to Jharkhand's capital Ranchi on Wednesday for production in a special Prevention of Money laundering Act court.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had earlier told Enforcement Directorate about the detention of Bastawade by Indonesian enforcement agencies.

The CBI had issued a Red Corner Notice against him on the request of the ED, which is probing charges of alleged money laundering against the businessman.

The ED wants the custody of 48-year-old businessman to probe the alleged financial irregularities conducted by Koda during his tenure as Chief Minister of the mineral-rich state under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Koda is at present jailed in Ranchi.

The ED suspects Bastawade has made alleged illegal investments in Dubai and other foreign locations on behalf of Koda and his other associates.

The agency has named him in its chargesheet filed last year in the case for his alleged role in purchasing properties in the UAE from "criminal proceeds" generated by "illegal" activities during the tenure of Koda as chief minister from September 2006 to August 2008.

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