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Coal scam case: SC bars accused to challenge special court orders during trial

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Supreme on Thursday issued an order that bars the five accused in the coal allocation scam case to challenge any special order before the High during the trial of the case.

The apex court also dismissed the plea of the accused to approach the High court against the charge order.

On May 25, a special (CBI) court granted bail to five accused including industrialist and his advisor Anand Goel.

Special Judge Parashar had also granted bail to accused Gurgaon-based Green Infra's vice-president Siddharth Madra, Nihar Stocks Ltd. director BSN Suryanarayan, Mumbai-based KE International's chief financial officer Rajeev Aggarwal and Mumbai's Essar Power Ltd. Executive vice-chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo.

The court has directed the accused person neither to tamper with evidence nor to influence witnesses.

The has chargesheeted the accused under sections of criminal conspiracy and cheating of the (IPC).

Besides Jindal, the case also involves former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda.

The scam dates back to 1993 when the Centre allocated coal blocks to private companies during 1993-2010. However, the apex court had in 2014 termed these allocations 'illegal'. It was on the complaint filed by Javadekar and Ahir in 2012 that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) ordered a probe into the matter.

Earlier in 2014, the apex court set up a special CBI court to try all the cases filed in the coal allocation scam.

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 16:57 IST