Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday said that the Income Tax (IT) department should take necessary action against Jharkhand's former Chief Minister Madhu Koda if there was evidence of money laundering against him. No one should be spared, irrespective of their position, he said.
At the same time, he sought to play it safe when asked about the recovery of a diary from Koda's possession having the names of several top rung politicians of Bihar-Jharkhand allegedly involved in the scam. The diary also bears the name of one 'Lalu' as one of the beneficiaries. The person's identity, however, could not be established.
"There should be investigation against all such persons and action should be initiated. What have I got to do with it," Lalu said. He was responding to a query whether he agreed with BJP spokesperson Muktar Abbass Naqvi and other BJP leaders that his role and interest in getting Koda installed as the head of UPA Government in Jharkhand should also be put under scanner.
Lalu reiterated that the issue does not concern him and if there is a list, why should the IT withhold it, he wondered. In fact, the RJD chief, who had backed Koda as chief minister to form a UPA government in Jharkhand in 2007, advocated the need to bring bank money stashed in Swiss Bank accounts operated by Indians.