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Countrywide IT raids against Soren's aide, 10 others

india Updated: Feb 16, 2010 20:51 IST

Income Tax officials on Tuesday conducted a second wave of country-wide raids in five months at the premises of Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren's close aide and ten others in connection with the Madhu Koda money-laundering scam.

"Lots of incriminating documents regarding illegal investments and hawala scam have been found during the ongoing search in 60 to 70 places in 13 cities" a top Patna-based IT officer told PTI. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Ranchi were among the places where searches were conducted to track the origin of the over Rs 2,000 crore scam.

The officer said the raids in connection with the alleged illegal investments and hawala transactions involving Soren's predecessor were much more successful than the October 31 searches.

"The raids are very successful and we got more evidence than the previous excercise when we got evidence of illegal investments and hawala transactions," he said.

Teams of Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate had on October 31 raided 70 places and claimed to have got evidence to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore that could tighten the noose around Koda and his aides, Binod Sinha and Sanjay Choudhary, the officer said.

Sinha and Choudhary are still at large despite warrants against them from the ED and the IT in the scam.

Sources said tax officials searched the premises of a former IAS officer and mining secretary during Koda's tenure as chief minister. The premises of the personal assistant of Soren who was earlier associated with Koda, was also raided.

Two former chairmen of the Jharkhand electricity board and a couple of present members too came under the IT scanner.

Investigations were carried out at the premises of at least five officials from the state civil service, they said.

The searches are in continuance of the probe in the illegal investments and Hawala case related to Koda.