A special CBI court on Wednesday, 13 December, convicted former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda in a coal allocation and mining scam. Apart from Koda, the court held former coal secretary HC Gupta, former Jharkhand chief secretary Ashok Kumar Basu and one other guilty of criminal conspiracy.
The Delhi court will pronounce the sentencing and quantum of punishment for the convicts on 14 December.
Here’s a look at the details of how Koda reportedly amassed astronomical sums of money through the scam.
Koda was the third chief minister in the history of the country to hold the post as an independent legislator.
Sworn in as the fourth CM of a politically turbulent Jharkhand on 14 September 2006, he retained the post till he was ousted on 23 August 2008. His wife is an MLA from the West Singhbum constituency in the state.
The son of a farmer, his family calls him an ambitious person who “dreamt too big.” Koda entered politics as a student leader, and went on to hold immense power as an independent candidate. His support was vital in deciding governments led by both the UPA and the NDA. He became the minister of mining in 2005.
In 2006, after initially having supported Arjun Munda’s NDA government, Koda and three other independent legislators withdrew their support, bringing the government into minority. After Munda’s subsequent resignation, the UPA propped up Koda as the chief minister through consensus. His reign lasted till mid-2008, when the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s Shibu Soren staked claim to form the government, forcing Koda to resign. He continued to hold the portfolio for mining through this period.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, Koda won the seat from Singhbhum constituency as an independent candidate.