Ranchi, Sept. 3: Jharkhand High Court today directed the CBI to file a status report on the ongoing probe against the state’s bureaucrats allegedly involved in the disproportionate assets case involving former chief minister Madhu Koda and others.
A division bench of Justice Narendra Nath Tiwari and Justice P.P. Bhatt was hearing a PIL filed by tribal activist Durga Oraon.
Oraon said the role of IAS officers posted as secretaries in the Koda government could not be ignored as they were the ones who had passed illegal orders and documented papers, facilitating swindling of public money.
Furnishing a sealed report, CBI counsel Mokhtar Khan informed the high court about the progress made by the agency in the case so far. Khan said the CBI was scrutinising documents and other records to find out IAS officers’ role in the scam. There are officers who have acquired assets more than their known sources of income.
Oraon’s counsel Rajeev Kumar pleaded that former ministers accused in the case could not have amassed so much of ill-gotten wealth and property without senior government officials’ help.
Oraon had filed the PIL in 2008, seeking a CBI probe in the assets of former chief minister Madhu Koda. Other former ministers who were named in the petition were Anosh Ekka, Chandra Prakash Choudhary, Dulal Bhuiyan, Kamlesh Singh, Bhanu Pratap Sahi and Bandhu Tirkey.
Subsequently, the high court ordered a CBI probe in the matter on August 4, 2010, after which Koda and his former colleagues were arrested and sent to jail.
Today, the court was informed that one Shaubik Chhatopadhaya had petitioned before the President alleging that some “tainted” advocates were practising in the high court. Shaubik’s letter has been sent to the high court to proceed in the matter. The bench asked him to file his contentions in an affidavit. Shaubik is an accused in the case and missing since 2010.