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ED to revoke passport of Koda's aide in Dubai

December 01, 2009 15:14 IST

The Enforcement Directorate will soon move a court to revoke the passport of a close aide of arrested former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, who is believed to be in Dubai.

Official sources said Sanjay Chowdhary, Koda's aide and the suspected front-man for all alleged dubious deals of the former chief minister, had left for Dubai as soon as the ED had registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the multi-crore scam.

They said Chowdhary has permanent residentship of Dubai and used to head the hawala and foreign investment operations of the Jharkhand leader.

Koda was arrested on Monday by the state vigilance department and subsequently remanded to 14-days judicial custody.

Chowdhary had been evading the ED and the Income Tax authorities ever since the case first came to light. When a look-out notice was issued against Chowdhary, the authorities realised that he had fled to Dubai, said sources.

In order to prevent his escape to other countries, his passport will be revoked and a subsequent arrest warrant will be obtained from a competent court, sources said.

Chowdhary is said to be on the board of many companies floated by Koda and his men, allegedly for routing the siphoned off money for illegal investments abroad.

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