Koda’s empire crumbles; money trail runs deep

CHEATING CHARGE: Madhu Koda will be charged under Section 420 and 120-B of the IPC.

CHEATING CHARGE: Madhu Koda will be charged under Section 420 and 120-B of the IPC.


New Delhi: Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda continues to claim that he is “innocent and is being framed” but it seems words may be his only defence.

With each passing day things have got worse for Koda. CNN-IBN has access to documents which reveal that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to file charges against Koda and his former colleagues.

Koda will be charged under Section 420 and 120-B of the IPC, both related to cheating and committing fraud. He will also be booked under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Koda’s colleagues Kamlesh Singh, Bandhu Tirkey and Sanjay Chaudhary will also be booked under similar charges.

The focus though, is on Binod Sinha who is a friend and key aide to Koda. Sinha is being charged of investing Rs 200 crore in real estate. He reportedly deposited as much as Rs 20 crore on several occasions in a Jamshedpur bank with the following account number: 006810114844001.

Sinha allegedly floated 14 companies in India and two companies in Dubai in collaboration with Sanjay Chaudhary. The cost of the much talked about mine in Liberia – $17 lakh – was all paid for in cash by Koda.

Till 2007, Koda was only investing in real estate. During this time he was a minister but his fascination with mines started in 2007 when he became the Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

Among others, Koda’s aide Tirkey reportedly bought flats in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar for Rs 8 crore.

The Income Tax department sleuths questioned Koda at his residence in Ranchi, after having discontinued it in the wake of his illness on November 3.

Koda has also been summoned by the ED on November 15. With evidence against him and his associates increasing by the day, his arrest seems to be imminent. But will he go down alone or will there be other big names as well who were his partners in crime?

Why is Jessica Lal’s killer allowed to party?

Shiela Dikshit to blame?

It was reported earlier that Manu Sharma, the person responsible for the death of Jessica Lal was given a 60-day parole by the Delhi government. Sharma is serving a life sentence for his crime but is out of the confines of the Tihar jail, and is having a jolly good time having a few drinks and chilling out with his pals.

Mr Murderer was granted parole on the grounds that he needed to participate in a ceremony for his grandmother’s first death anniversary. He had also pleaded to the court that he needed to attend to his business, which employs thousands of people. Sharma also said that he needs to take care of his aging, ailing mother.

But Mr Murderer was neither taking care of business, nor preparing dinner for his mother, he was in fact spotted getting jiggy with a few girls in a nightclub in Delhi.What’s more, on Saturday his mother addressed a press conference to promote a cricket match she helped organise. So why give Sharma a bail? And why haul him in prison in the first place?

The incident should be but embarrassing for Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who formally signed off on the parole request. However Dikshit shockingly defended her decision to let Sharma party at the nightclub. “All was done according to the rules,” Dikshit told reporters. “Whatever has taken place is under the provisions of law. The decision was taken by a committee that included the jail superintendent, home secretary, Delhi government, Delhi Police and the Lt governor,” Dikshit said.

“It is a right of a prisoner to apply for parole. The committee recommends a parole after reviewing a person’s complete case,” she added. According to Dikshit, the major factor for the parole grant was that Sharma fulfilled the pre-requisite of ‘good behaviour’ in prison. Just so you know, 20% of convicted killers in India are granted bail. Sharma was fond guilty of murdering Jessical Lal in 1999, he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court seven years later.

It remains to be seen if Manu Sharma will attend the Sri Lanka Test series against India which begins on November 16th. He has until January 15th to do whatever he wants, that is, unless his parole is extended by six more months.

UK plans to monitor all Internet use, including Facebook

London, Nov 10 (ANI): The British Home Office wants communication firms to monitor all Internet use and retain information on how people use social networks such as Facebook.

Ministers confirmed their intention despite concerns and opposition from some in the industry.

Some 40 percent of respondents to the Home Office’s consultation opposed the plans, but ministers say communication interception needs to be updated, the BBC reports.

Home Office Minister David Hanson said: “Communications data is crucial to the fight against crime and in keeping people safe. It is a highly technical area and one, which demands a fine balance between privacy and maintaining the capabilities of the police and security services.”

“The consultation showed widespread recognition of the importance of communications data in protecting the public and an appreciation of the challenges which rapidly changing technology poses.

“We will now work with communications service providers and others to develop these proposals, and aim to introduce necessary legislation as soon as possible,” he added.

Both the police and secret security services have legal powers in the UK to intercept communications in the interests of combating crime or threats to national security. But the rules largely focus on communications over telephones and do not cover the whole range of Internet communications now being used, the BBC reports.

The Home Office says it wants to change the law to compel communication service providers (CSPs) to collect and retain records of communications from a wider range of Internet sources, from social networks through to chat rooms and unorthodox methods, such as within online games.

Ministers say that they do not want to create a single government-owned database and only intend to ask CSPs to hold a record of a contact, rather than the actual contents of what was said, the BBC reports.

Dalai Lama calls China’s objections baseless

Non political visit to India

Thousands of Buddhist monks and supporters welcomed Tibet”s exiled spiritual leader to Arunachal Pradesh in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district on Sunday.

The Dalai Lama arrived here in a helicopter in this remote Buddhist enclave nestled in the icy folds of the Himalayas, which he had passed through after fleeing Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

On arrival, Tibetan spiritual leader said his visit is merely a spiritual tour and China’s objection over such a tour was unwanted. He said his visit was non-political and China which did not pursue him and other Tibetans when they escaped to India, were now voicing different views on his visit to Tawang.

“That”s quite usual, wherever I go… It”s totally baseless. Wherever I go,” said Dalai Lama in Tawang.

“My visit here is non-political. However I just want to tell you one thing. The … stated or created a slogan, seeking truth from facts. So I want to tell you two facts. 1959, when we came across… no Chinese follows, no Chinese pursues us and then not only me, several thousand Tibetans cross this border. So as soon as they reach here, safe. This is number one fact. Number two fact, 1962, liberation army occupied Tawang and I think reached nearly Bomdi La. but then the Chinese government unilaterally ceasefire and withdraw. So at that time… but his other leadership unilaterally withdraw. So that also one fact. But now Chinese have different views. That”s something I don”t know. So I”m also a bit surprised. So now you must seek truth from these two facts,” said the Nobel Laureate Dalai Lama.

Speaking to mediapersons, Dalai Lama said: “Main things are two things, number one, promotion of human value. Wherever I go, now I just returned from Japan. The main thing is explanation. The ultimate source of happiness, successful life is within ourselves. If we rely totally on money in order to achieve happy life, it”s wrong. Money of course is important, however the ultimate source of inner peace, happiness in life is within ourselves. So that”s I originally call human value. That is within our self. That”s universal whether religious people or non-believer, same. So that”s my number one commitment. Number two commitment is promotion of religious harmony. So, now here also mainly like that, but Chinese communists, quite sad, my every movement, they consider something ”splittist” movement.”

Dalai Lama is scheduled to hold discourses in the three centuries old Tawang monastery and at nearby Dirang from November 9 to 12 and another at Bomdila before leaving for Itanagar.

China has repeatedly raised objection to Dalai Lama”s visit to Tawang area.

To China”s objection over Dalai Lama”s visit to Tawang, India has stated that the Tibetan leader was free to travel any part of India, but he was not allowed to indulge in political activities.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after meeting his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao recently in Hua Hin city of Thailand had stated that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama was an honoured guest of India and was free to travel anywhere he wished to.

India has maintained that the Tibetans are not allowed to indulge in political activities on Indian soil.

Shame! MNS members beat up Abu Azmi

Did you vote for Raj Thackeray?

Were you one of the people who voted for Raj Thackeray during the Mumbai polls? Do you support his wonderfully constructive, bias-free party that is the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena?

In an utterly shameful incident on Monday that reflects upon the nature of the MNS, four MLAs of the party slapped Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi for taking his oath in Hindi. The MNS demanded he take his oath in Marathi, and when he denied, they surrounded him, before pushing and slapping him. To the horror of the 288-member house, one of the members hit Azam on the face and chest. As a result all four members, Ram Kadam, Vasant Gite, Shishir Shinde and Ramesh Wanjale have been suspended.

This incident is downright anti-national and unconstitutional. Azmi, who was understandably upset demanded the arrest of MNS chief Raj Thackeray. Ashok Chavan, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra defended Abu Azmi saying, “The Constitution allows a member of the Assembly to take oath in any language.”
Leaders of several political parties condemned the attack and demamnded Raj Thackeray be imprisoned with immediate effect. SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav congratulated Azmi for maintaining the honour of the national language by taking the oath in Hindi.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad warned that India could disintegrate if no action is taken against Raj Thackeray in the light of this incident. Prasad asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take the requisite steps to prevent any further acts like this. “If India splits, it will be because of elements like Raj Thackeray. If urgent steps are not taken to keep such elements under check, nobody can save the country from disintegration,” Prasad said. LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan said, “Hindi is our national language and Raj Thackeray and others responsible for the assault on Azmi must be arrested immediately.”

Who is to blame for Maharashtra’s shame? Does Raj Thackeray deserve any of the seats he has won in the recent elections? Should the MNS be banned altogether? Is the party giving a bad name to Maharashtrians? Should Azam have said a few lines in Marathi? Is the Congress-NCP, or the lack of its power to be blamed for this incident? Is Raj Thackeray taking Maharashtra for a ride for the Marathi Manoos’ vote? Will you remain a silent spectator? Its your turn to speak out!

WB: TMC leads in 7 assembly seats

New Delhi, Nov 10: In a replay of the Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress (TMC) has taken the lead in 7 out of 10 Assembly seats in West Bengal. Congress leads in two seats whereas Indepedent is leading in one seat.

While the Left is still to take lead in any of the assembly seats, Trinamool Congress seems to have geared up to give them a taste of the Lok Sabha polls held in May, 2009.

In East Belgachia seat, Sujit Basu of Trinamool Congress is leading by 4000 votes over his nearest CPI(M) rival Ramala Chakrabarty, widow of former Transport Minister.

In Alipur CPIM candidate is trailing behind TMC candidate Bobby Hakim by 10,000 votes, while the second round of counting in Egra showed former minister Prabodh Sinha of DSP leading the counting.

While A M Rappani of Congress is leading in Goalpokhar, Dibyendu Adhikari of Trinamool Congress is ahead in Contai seat.

The by-polls for 10 assembly seats were held in Kalchini (ST), Raiganj (SC), Sujapur, Goalpokhar, Bongaon, Contai South, Egra, Serampore, Alipore and Belgachia East.

‘Singh, Obama to take India-US ties to new level’

'Singh, Obama to take India-US ties to new level'

Washington, Nov 10: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama will create a framework to take their already “comprehensive partnership of mutual trust and confidence to a new level,” Indian ambassador Meera Shankar said.

Addressing prestigious James Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Houston’s Rice University, she said, “We are at an exciting moment of hope and opportunity as Prime Minister Singh and President Obama prepare to build on the progress we have made to take the relationship to a new level.”

Manmohan Singh will be visiting US on Nov 24. It is the first official state visit hosted by President Obama, considered a signal honour for India and showing the deep respect he has for the Indian prime minister.

“The nuclear agreement that has been as much a symbol as an instrument of the transformation in our relationship with an extraordinary breadth of our engagement (that) has taken us into, hitherto, uncharted territories, including defence, intelligence and counter-terrorism cooperation,” she said.

“Today, the India-US relationship has evolved into a truly comprehensive partnership of mutual trust and confidence, intensifying political dialogue that is increasingly global in reach, and deepening strategic understanding,” Shankar added.