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Cong rejects Koda linkages

delhi Updated: Nov 16, 2009 20:49 IST
Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda

Unperturbed by reports that the seized diaries of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda contained names of Congress leaders, the party today said it rejected any assertion of linkages with him.

"We reject the assertion on linkages," AICC spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters when asked if the seized diaries contained names of the sympathisers of the party.

"It is a matter being investigated. It is not my job to second guess any investigation. The law of the land is for everybody to follow," he said, adding that the Supreme Court has made its stand clear on diaries in the Jain Hawala case.

The apex court acquitted many politicians named in the Jain Hawala case in 1997 and 1998, partly because the hawala records (including diaries) were judged in court to be inadequate as the main evidence.

Asked about Koda's statement that he would come out with the names of persons in the Congress party who were trying to fix him in the money laundering case, Tewari said the former CM was being interrogated by the authorities and that is the "appropriate forum for him to reveal".

He at the same time added that what Koda is saying "is the natural reaction" of anybody who is being investigated to intimidate the investigating agencies.

Asked why Congress did not withdraw support from the Koda government even as the then AICC in-charge of the state Ajay Maken had flagged the state government as corrupted and recommended his removal, the spokesman said, "at various points, various people make an assessment, but political call is taken after overall assessment".