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‘Lying’ escorts face probe

Ranchi, Nov. 11: Departmental proceedings have been ordered against five policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), for abetting former chief minister Madhu Koda’s longer stay in Delhi.

Koda, a prime accused in the disproportionate assets and multi-crore mining scams, was to return to Ranch’s Birsa Munda Central Jail on September 10 after attending the monsoon session of Parliament, but pretended to have missed the train.

SSP Saket Kumar Singh has ordered proceedings against ASI Sanjay Singh and constables Bandhan Oraon, Binay Chandra Jha, Rishikesh Kumar and Sameer Kumar Ram who told jail officials that the Singhbhum MP was waiting at Delhi station because he had “missed” the train, while Koda was in his house in the national capital all the time.

In judicial custody for financial irregularities during his chief ministerial tenure, a special court, on July 26, permitted Koda to attend the Lok Sabha session and be under the jurisdiction of Tihar jail. The jail administration handed Koda back to Ranchi police on September 8. The MP was supposed to board a train on September 8 and return to the state capital on September 9.

However, a sting operation conducted by a private TV channel showed that Koda intentionally “missed” the September 8 train and boarded the AC first class coach on September 9 instead. He was accompanied by wife Geeta Koda.

The five policemen escorting him informed the Ranchi jail authorities that the former chief minister had stayed in the retiring room at Delhi railway station for a day after “missing” the train. The sting operation, however, showed that Koda spent the day at his MP house.

The SSP, who began the probe thereafter, rushed a sub-inspector to Delhi to get the details. He is yet to complete probe in this regard.

Koda, who had led the UPA government in the state as an independent MLA, was arrested on November 30, 2009, by the vigilance in connection with disproportionate assets case. He is also facing investigations by the CBI, the enforcement directorate and the income tax department in connection with alleged illegal investments.

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