Madhu Koda's aide arrested in Dubai
Sanjay Chaudhary is accused of investing Koda's dubious funds; he will be questioned in Delhi
Sanjay Chaudhary - close aide of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda - who's alleged to have been behind dubious investments of the leader, was arrested in the UAE on Wednesday. Chaudhary was arrested by the Interpol from Dubai. CBI had issued a red corner notice against him in June, sources said.
On the basis of the CBI notice, the Interpol had demanded Dubai administration to hand over Chaudhary to them. Chaudhari was a close advisor of Madhu Koda in his alleged siphoning of public money and helped him investing it. Apart from Koda, his close aide Vinod Sinha, Manoj Punamiya, Arvind Vyas, Sinha's brother, and others are in jail.
Earlier, all efforts of CBI to arrest Sanjay Chaudhary had gone in vain. Before issuing a red corner notice, CBI had released an arrest warrant against him. Having failed to nab Chaudhary, the agency declared him an absconder. CBI sources, however, refused to divulge much on the case.
"We don't know much apart from this that he has been arrested and will be brought to Delhi for questioning," the sources said. CBI may also file a charge sheet in a special court next year. The agency, which is investigating the case after Jharkhand High Court directed it to take over the matter, would complete the probe by April or May next year, a senior CBI official said.
The vigilance bureau, which had arrested Koda on November 30, 2009 in the DA case, handed over the case to CBI soon after. CBI took over the investigations apparently to coordinate with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is probing the alleged illegal investments and money laundering cases against Koda.
In joint countrywide raids on the premises of Koda and his alleged associates by the Income Tax department and ED on October 31, 2009, an alleged Rs 2,500 crore scam was unearthed.