Probe Against Koda Going On As Per Law: Mukherjee

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said investigations against former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda were going on and made it clear that no one was above law.  "Investigations are on as per the law
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PTI November 03, 2009 21:55 IST

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said investigations against former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda were going on and made it clear that no one was above law. 

"Investigations are on as per the law and will take its own course. 

"No one is above the law but let us not generalise it for the whole political class," Mukherjee told reporters on the sidelines of Economic Editors Conference in New Delhi

Koda, who was the Chief Minister of mineral-rich Jharkhand, has been booked by the Enforcement Directorate for alleged violation of the Prevention of Money laundering Act.

The Income Tax department also carried out searches at nearly 65 places in connection with alleged amassing of illegal wealth to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore. 

Meanwhile, BJP on Tuesday accused RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Congress of helping former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda allegedly amass black money, a charge rubbished as "ridiculous" by the RJD supremo. 

"The probe agencies should now also focus on former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress as they are equally responsible for the black money earned by Koda," BJP national Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters in New Delhi.

When contacted, Prasad told PTI, "I don't pay any attention to such irresponsible statements by BJP leaders who have always tried to tarnish my image and falsely implicated me in the multi-crore rupees fodder scam. It is ridiculous."

Naqvi said if the ambit of the ongoing investigations is broadened, then the role of Prasad, Congress and "some others" would come out in the open. 

When reminded that Koda was a Mines Minister in the Arjun Munda government in Jharkhand, Naqvi said the BJP had removed him when the party came to know that he was involved in alleged corrupt practices. 

"But Congress made him the Chief Minister," he added. 

The RJD chief said, "If BJP is at all interested in a probe, Munda should also be brought under the scanner as under him Koda was a minister and had supported and saved his government." PTI

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