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WB coal block allocation case: Former Coal Secretary, two more officers get 3 years jail

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Former H C was on Wednesday sentenced three years in jail along with a fine by the in a corruption case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) blocks in Gupta, then Secretary, was found guilty by the on Monday for having played a major role in the scandalous allocation of the coal blocks to Vikash Metal Power Ltd.

Two more public servants - K S Kropha (then Joint Secretary) and K C Samria (who was 1) - were also awarded three years imprisonment, while two persons of Vikash Metal Power Ltd - Vikash Patni and authorised signatory -- were given four years of imprisonment by the court. The court also imposed a fine of Rupees one lakh on Vikas Metal Power Limited.

However, shortly after pronouncing the quantum of punishment, the court granted bail to Gupta, Kropha and Samria. They were asked to furnish a personal bond of rupees one lakh each and same amount of surety.

The on Monday had convicted five individuals including former Union Coal and Vikas Metal Power Ltd for alleged irregularities in the allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal block in the state of

All the five individuals were taken into custody after the court held them guilty of criminal conspiracy and under multiple sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

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

"While awarding sentence one has to look at the gravity of the offence 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 coal blocks. Several incidents took place in the past where those who misused the liberty were granted by the court," the said during the hearing of the case in the Special Court in the Patiala House on Monday.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 16:00 IST