Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda (38), who is facing charges of money laundering and illegally amassing assets in India and abroad, will not appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on November 15.
Koda informed the ED in Delhi and the Income Tax (IT) department in Ranchi in two separate letters that he would not be available for questioning till the assembly elections are over in Jharkhand. The polls are scheduled to begin from November 25.
He left Ranchi on Friday for Patahatu village, around 180 km south of the capital, in a white car without any security to meet his ailing mother.
He said he had categorically told the ED about his inability to go to New Delhi on November 15 to appear before the special ED court. “My mother is ill,” he said, adding, besides that his party candidates, including his wife, Geeta Koda, is contesting the assembly polls.
Koda’s Jharkhand Navnirman Morcha fielded candidates from all the six assembly constituencies in Singhbhum.
“It is my constitutional right to move freely in my constituency and assist my party candidates win polls,” he said.
Koda features in the CPI (Maoists) hit list, as Maoist commander Samarji recently declared that Koda would be punished in a people’s court for siphoning off funds meant for development projects.
The Maoists have considerable presence in all the 24 districts of Jharkhand.
On the charges leveled against him, Koda said the investigators had found nothing substantial so far. “They seem confused as they are often found contradicting their own statements,” he said, “Sometimes they say I am involved in laundering of Rs 4,000 crore, and then they reduce the figure to Rs 2,000 crore.”