Monday, November 9, 2009

Income Tax authorities to question Madhu Koda today

Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda will be questioned by the Income Tax department in connection with the Rs 4000-crore money-laundering scam on Tuesday. Koda, who spent around a week in hospital evading taxmen, was discharged on Sunday.

On Monday, Devendra Mukhia, an alleged aide of former Jharkhand Chief Minister surrendered before the Income Tax department in Ranchi.
IT department sources said in New Delhi that Koda will be questioned on the 'concealment of income and illegal investments found during their searches'.

Meanwhile, the Income Tax (IT) department has sought help from US-based Google and its gmail e-mail service to get details of messages relating to foreign investments as the investigation into charges of money laundering by former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda progresses, an official
said on Monday.

nt agencies in the investigation. This is part of it,' said Ajit Srivastav, additional director, Investigations in the income tax (IT) department.
According to sources, the IT department seized laptops and hard disks of computers and came to know that mails exchanged related to foreign deals and investments. Though some formatted the hard disks in a bid to destroy the evidence when their establishments or houses were raided, the IT department is trying to recover the files deleted. It has also sought help of forensic laboratories in the investigation.

'We need details of mails exchanged between the people whose places were raided and investments made in or money sent to foreign countries. The print out of mail details will be a great help in the investigation,' a source in the IT department said.

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