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Lessons from coal

Bureaucrats should not ignore norms or succumb to pressure

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In a rare judgment, a special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sentenced three former officials of the Union coal ministry to two years in prison for irregularities in the allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh to a private company in 2006-07. One of the officials served as coal secretary from December 2005 to November 2008 and the other two occupied the posts of joint secretary and director at the time the decision was taken. All three officials belonged to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), a fact that no doubt is responsible for causing some ...

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First Published: Tue, May 23 2017. 22:44 IST
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