Coal scam: Ex-coal secretary, five others ordered to be put on trial
The six accused will be on trial under criminal conspiracy, cheating and other relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act
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New Delhi: A special court on Thursday ordered framing of charges against former coal secretary H.C. Gupta and five others in a coal scam case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of coal block in Madhya Pradesh. Besides Gupta, the court ordered framing of charges against two senior public servant K.S. Kropha and K.C. Samria, accused firm Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL), its managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia and chartered account Amit Goyal.
Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar ordered to put these six accused on trial for the alleged offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court has fixed the matter for 14 October for formal framing of charges against the accused.
The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to KSSPL. Kropha was the then joint secretary in ministry of coal, while Samria was the then director (Coal Allocation-I) section in the ministry. The court on 13 October last year had summoned them as accused after refusing to accept CBI’s closure report. The accused were earlier granted bail by the court. CBI had lodged a first information report (FIR) against KSSPL, its officials and other unknown persons for alleged misrepresentation of facts, including inflated net worth, to acquire the coal block.
During the arguments on framing of charges, Gupta had claimed that then prime minister Manmohan Singh had given the ‘final approval’ for allocation of coal block to KSSPL. CBI had refuted his claim and said that the then prime minister, who was also holding the portfolio of coal ministry, was ‘kept in the dark’ and it was the then coal secretary who had ‘misled’ the senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The advocates representing other accused had argued that there was no evidence on record warranting framing of charges against them in the case. PTI
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