Koda probe papers lost in UAE: ED to SC
ED disclosed the loss of relevant documents in Dubai in an affidavit in the Supreme Court as it opposed Koda’s bail plea. These documents formed part of the request by the ED to UAE as it sought details about few companies and individuals based in Dubai, their bank statements, remittances and other financial transactions.
The request was sent in March 2010 and a supplementary letter was sent six months later. The additional letter was regarding investigating the role of Koda’s Pune-based associate Anil Adinath Bastavade in allegedly investing more than Rs 200 crore in real estate in Dubai. The money, as per the ED, was sent through hawala and was generated through illegalities by Koda during his chief ministerial term.
However, the Consulate General of India, Dubai, by a letter in November 2011 intimated that UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs returned the relevant documents to the mission for their attestation by the Competent Authority.
ED claimed that it has not till date got hold of these documents and there was no investigation