ED gets 10 days to quiz Bastawade

Ranchi, Jan. 31: The designated court of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Ranchi, today allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate Anil Adinath Bastawade, hawala operator and close aide of former chief minister Madhu Koda, anywhere in India or abroad.

Though counsel for the directorate and senior public prosecutor S.R. Das prayed for 14 days' remand to facilitate interrogation of Bastawade "anywhere in the country or if needed abroad", the PMLA court of R.K. Choudhary allowed 10 days to complete the interrogation process.

"We need to interrogate Bastawade to unearth fresh evidence. In addition to illegal investments made from the proceeds of the crores of rupees laundered out of Jharkhand to other parts of the country and abroad which have already been identified, interrogation of Bastawade would throw additional light on investments which have so far not been unearthed," Das told the court.

The 10 days would commence from the date the directorate takes Bastawade's remand. The court further ordered that a health check up of Bastawade should be conducted before that and again on the conclusion of the interrogation process before he is lodged back in jail. The court ordered that Bastawade be allowed legal counsel only once during the 10 days.

The court rejected a prayer by Bastawade's counsel Himangshu Sinha that his client be interrogated at Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi, where the hawala operator is lodged.

Bastawade was detained on January 22 in Indonesia, where he had been in hiding for over two years ever since the designated PMLA court on August 23, 2010, issued a non-bailable warrant against him and six other close aides of Koda. He was brought to Delhi on January 29 and to Ranchi yesterday. He was remanded to 14 days in judicial custody.

Koda has been languishing in Birsa Munda Central Jail since September 30, 2009 on charges of possessing disproportionate assets and criminal conspiracy of laundering crores of rupees to Indian and foreign destinations through his aides.

The Supreme Court, while hearing a bail plea, granted ED one more month's custody of Koda. The ED has said that it will confront Koda with new evidence and prove the direct link between him and Bastawade.

Others also lodged in Birsa Munda Central Jail on charges of money laundering are Binod Sinha, his brother Vikas Sinha, Bijay Joshi, managing director of Indo Asahi Glass Factory, hawala operators Manoj Kumar Punamiya and Arvind Vyas, all known to be close to the former Jharkhand chief minister. A dossier compiled by the ED revealed that Rs.3549.72 crore was laundered out of the state to foreign destinations and to various parts of the country during the period that Koda was the chief minister between 2006 and 2008.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Kolkata bowling vs Bangalore batting might

Kolkata bowling vs Bangalore batting might

The likely return of Gayle will boost Bangalore, but the result could be determined by Kolkata's bowlers. More »

Gambhir a knock away from striking form - KKR coach

Gambhir a knock away from striking form - KKR coach

Gautam made an eight-ball duck in the opening game against Mumbai and in the second game against Delhi, he lasted only half those balls. More »

Jadeja spins out Rajasthan in close chase

Jadeja spins out Rajasthan in close chase

IPL 7, GAME 10—Chennai beat Rajasthan by 7 runs after last-over scare. More »

April 24: A legend is born

As Sachin Tendulkar turns 41 - here's a look at some offbeat moments from the Master Blaster's innings. More »

Cleaning up the game starts with fans

Cleaning up the game starts with fans

... because, as recent events reveal, the BCCI has little intention of doing it. More »

Rivals say Srini group delaying BCCI special general meeting

Rivals say Srini group delaying BCCI special general meeting

The group opposed to Srinivasan alleged that since BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel belongs to the president’s group, he was intentionally delaying the SGM… More »

Vithanage, Priyanjan get T20 call-ups

Vithanage, Priyanjan get T20 call-ups

Herath has been rested, while the team will be without the veteran pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from T20 internationals… More »

SL in 'difficult place' after Farbrace exit

SL in 'difficult place' after Farbrace exit

Sri Lanka depart for assignments in Ireland and England in two weeks, and Sanath Jayasuriya suggested Marvan Atapattu would be interim head coach for those… More »

Farbrace is England's assistant coach

Farbrace is England's assistant coach

The ECB continued the restructuring of the England coaching set-up on Wednesday by announcing the appointment of Paul Farbrace as assistant coach. More »

Chandimal axed as T20 captain

Chandimal axed as T20 captain

Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Wednesday sacked Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 captain and replaced him with Lasith Malinga, while Angelo Mathews was… More »

'BCCI should have picked panel with care'

'BCCI should have picked panel with care'

Dalmiya said that it was the first time that the BCCI had been faced with a situation where the apex court had hauled up the Board and it should have acted… More »

SC asks Mudgal committee to continue

SC asks Mudgal committee to continue

Mukul Mudgal has communicated to the court his willingness to take up the investigation and has been asked to specify the terms and modalities on April… More »

Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute

Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute

The pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 13 contracted players ended on Wednesday when the latter agreed to accept 10 percent of the participation… More »

Hope to be fit for next game - Pietersen

Hope to be fit for next game - Pietersen

With two heavy defeats at the hands of Bangalore and Chennai, Daredevils currently languish near the bottom of the table. More »

'SC decision could hurt BCCI's status'

'SC decision could hurt BCCI's status'

The Supreme Court prefers that the Justice Mudgal panel further investigate the IPL corruption scandal. More »

Mudgal panel drops bombshell in court

Mudgal panel drops bombshell in court

The Mukul Mudgal probe committee dropped a bombshell in the Supreme Court on Tuesday by making a sensational claim that it was forced to stop audio recording… More »

Perfect Punjab trounce Hyderabad

Perfect Punjab trounce Hyderabad

IPL7, GAME 9—Maxwell (95, 43b), Balaji (4-13) set up 72-run win. More »

Have the ECB played an unfair game?

Have the ECB played an unfair game?

Money talks, but it is in light of this ICC shakeup that the ECB's act of soliciting of another team's coach deteriorates from free-market aggression to… More »

Farbrace quits for England post

Farbrace quits for England post

He will assist Peter Moores who was unveiled as the new England coach on Saturday. More »

Moin appointed to manage Pakistan team

Moin appointed to manage Pakistan team

Pakistan on Monday reappointed Moin Khan as chief selector and manager of the national team, a week after fellow former captain Rashid Latif turned down… More »

Chennai smash Delhi for first win

Chennai smash Delhi for first win

IPL7, MATCH 8—Raina-led middle order, superlative catching give CSK a 93-run win. More »

'BCCI reputation lowest in 80 years'

'BCCI reputation lowest in 80 years'

The former BCCI president says he was "disillusioned" by the happenings at the emergent working committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Injured Bravo to miss rest of IPL

Injured Bravo to miss rest of IPL

Dwayne Bravo is set to be sidelined for at least four weeks due to a shoulder problem. Bravo sustained the injury when attempting a catch on the boundary… More »

NZC contemplates domestic revamp

NZC contemplates domestic revamp

New Zealand Cricket has put forward a proposal to reinvent its domestic structure and allow up to 49% private investment into the six major associatio… More »