Ranchi, Aug.1: MLA Bandhu Tirkey, who is eyeing a cabinet position in the newly installed Hemant Soren government, has been asked to appear before a CBI court in Ranchi in a disproportionate assets case he is facing along with former chief minister Madhu Koda and others.
The CBI special court summons means Tirkey will have to appear before it on August 12. The CBI registered the case on August 11, 2010 on an August 4 directive of Jharkhand High Court issued after charges were levelled against him and Koda, Kamlesh Singh, Bhanu Pratap Shahi and others.
Tirkey’s lawyer, Sanjay Kumar, said today’s summons were issued after the CBI court did not accept the closure report in which the agency had given him a clean chit.
“The CBI submitted the closure report in May, giving a clean chit to Tirkey after it found that his disproportionate assets were to the tune of only Rs 6 lakh. But the court did not accept the closure report and issued the summons today,” Kumar explained.
Under normal circumstances, today’s order would be considered routine for anyone accused of amassing illegal wealth. But that the order was issued at time when Tirkey is understood to be lobbying hard with political masters in the JMM and Congress for a ministerial berth led to conspiracy theories being floated about.
Was the Congress trying to rein him in on the eve of cabinet formation? How will the JMM react?
“Tirkey wants a position in the Hemant Soren cabinet. Thus, the step has been taken apparently to bring him under check by the Congress. Otherwise, why will a court issue summons once a closure report is filed?” asked a civil court advocate requesting anonymity. CBI lawyer Sanjay Yadav, however, failed to shed more light on the case. “Summons have been issued. I am not in a position to give other details,” he said. Tirkey put up a brave face.
“Dekhte hai kya hota hai (let us see what happens),” he said.
Now an MLA from Mandar Assembly constituency, Tirkey was human resource development minister in the Koda cabinet. He lives at Banhora under Sukhdeonagar police station of Ranchi.
He is facing trial in least nine cases under various sections of IPC including attempt to murder, theft, wrongful restraint, rioting, using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty and others.
However, he has not been convicted in any case.