Monday, February 22, 2010

Derailing the Koda case no longer an easy proposition. Why?

JHARKHAND I-T director (investigation) Ujjwal Choudhary’s transfer after the February 16 raids may unlikely to impact the Rs 2,000 crore money laundering scam involving former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda as long as the man in the North Block anchoring the investigation, remains firm. Though a section of the media has quoted I-T Bihar and Jharkhand di-rector general (investigation) Anjani Kumar saying that Mr Choud-hary’s transfer would not impact the investigation, and another quot-ing Mr Choudhary himself saying that his replacement was equally a competent officer, what has been ignored so far is the real force be-hind the entire investogation — Sudhir Chandra, Member, Investiga-tion of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and a 1973 batch Indian Revenue Service official.
In fact, the issue has been highly politicised after the BJP slammed the Centre for transferring Mr Chaudhary, saying it was deliberate and was done to hush up the probe. The Congress in turn hit out at the BJP for its “desperate search of issues”, after it questioned the Centre about Prime Minister’s special envoy Shyam Saran’s resignation, and the removal of the I-T officer investigating Koda case.
However, any intended derailing of the investigation is no longer an easy proposition now as I-T department unearthed a number of evi-dences against the alleged culpitrators.
In fact, babusofindia had earlier reported how Sudhir Chandra had asked his officials to be extremely polite in handling the operations, but at the same time wanted them to be as courageous as “Rani of Jhansi”.
I-T officials instructed to call ex-Jharkhand CM "Koda Sir"
Sudhir Chandra: The super taxman in North Block anchoring Koda case
Read tomorrow: Behind-The-Curtain: Why more and more IAS officers are under I-T scanner?

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