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Public prosecutor seeks maximum punishment for accused in WB coal scam

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The public has asked for maximum punishment for all accused, including serving and retired public servants and private individuals for committing irregularities in the allocation of blocks in

"While awarding sentence one has to look at the gravity of the offense and its effect on the society. This case has resulted in a massive loss to the exchequer of the country. Due to this, the also cancelled the allocation of the blocks," the said during the hearing of the case here in a special court in the Patiala House.

"Several incidents took place in the past where those who misused the liberty were granted by the court," the public added.

Former HC Gupta, of Vikash Metal Power Ltd Vikash Patni, authorised signatory Anand Mallick, Coal Ministry's ex-joint KS Kropha and then have been convicted in the case. Earlier too, the special court had held all of them guilty of criminal conspiracy under multiple sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, after which the accused were taken into the custody.

The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in to HC Gupta, then Coal is said to have played a major role in the scandalous allocation of coal blocks.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 18:50 IST