Madhu Koda to be questioned by IT department from Tuesday

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New Delhi, Nov 8(ANI): Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who was discharged from a city hospital here today, will be questioned by the Income Tax (IT) Department at his Ranchi residence from Tuesday over an alleged Rs 2,000 hawala transaction case.

"Now that he (Koda) has been discharged from hospital, we have recorded his statement. He said that he is still not feeling well and wants some time before being questioned. So, we have decided to question him from Tuesday," an IT official said.

The official also informed that Koda has been put on a prohibitory order, which does not restrict his movement, but he would not be allowed to remove any object from his residence.

According to reports, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been informed about the IT department's move to question Koda and they would be closely following it.

Earlier in the day, Koda was discharged from Apollo Hospital in Ranchi, where he was admitted after he complained of a pain in his abdomen, giddiness and vomiting on November 3.

The department has also asked its officers in Ranchi to bring a list of the seizures and records of statements of his associates, which will be put across to Koda during the questioning.

On October 9, the ED had charged Madhu Koda and his former Cabinet colleagues under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly amassing assets worth several hundred crores.

Koda, an independent member of Lok Sabha and a UPA supporter, has been charged with having business interests of diverse kinds - cement, steel, auto, power, agro and tourism. (ANI)

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