Koda associate surrenders before I-T officials in Ranchi

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Ranchi, Nov 9 (ANI): Devendra Mukhiya, an associate of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda surrendered before the Income Tax (IT) officials here on Monday.

Mukhiya was asked to appear before them on November 6.

He is an accused on investing the money of Koda and Vinod Sinha in various projects in the country and abroad and also through Hawala channels.

Meanwhile, the Income Tax Department is preparing to question Koda at his residence in Ranchi in connection with the multi-crore hawala case.

Koda was discharged from hospital on Sunday, where he was admitted after complained of a pain in his abdomen, giddiness and vomiting on November 3.

According to sources, the Enforcement Directorate has been told about the I-T department's move to question Koda and they have said they would be closely following the questioning.

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 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 including in cement, steel, auto, power, agro and tourism. (ANI)

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