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Court concludes hearing in coal case against ex-Jharkhand CM

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A special today concluded hearing arguments in a coal scam case against former Chief Minister Madhu Koda, ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta and others.

Special Judge Parashar posted the matter for July 27 for filing of rebuttal, if any, in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North coal block in to Kolkata-based Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL).


Besides Koda, Gupta and the firm, the other accused in the case include ex-Chief Secretary A K Basu, two public servants -- Basant Kumar Bhattacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh, VISUL's Director Vaibhav Tulsyan, Koda's alleged close aide Vijay Joshi and chartered accountant Navin Kumar Tulsyan.

The eight accused persons were earlier granted bail by the after they had appeared before it in pursuance to the summons issued against them.

They were summoned as accused after the took cognisance of alleged offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants) of IPC and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

During arguments, the alleged that the firm had applied for allocation of Rajhara North coal block on January 8, 2007.

It said although the government and Steel Ministry did not recommend VISUL's case for coal block allocation, the 36th Screening Committee recommended the block to the accused firm.

The said that Gupta, who was chairman of screening committee, had allegedly concealed facts from then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who then headed the Coal Ministry too, that had not recommended VISUL for allocation of a coal block.

Koda, Basu and two accused public servants conspired to favour VISUL in the coal block allocation, the agency added.

The accused have refuted the allegations levelled against them.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 18:03 IST
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