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Coal scam: Court pulls up CBI for not providing documents to accused

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A special court today pulled up the CBI for not supplying documents to the accused in a coal scam case, involving industrialist Naveen Jindal, as directed by it in its last order.

adjourned the matter for scrutiny of documents to April 10 in the case pertaining to the allocation of the Urtan block in

"Comply with the direction of the court. Adjourned for scrutiny of documents on April 10, the said.

The court had on January 15 directed the CBI to hand over some documents filed, along with the charge sheet, to industrialist and others.

The court was hearing a matter pertaining to the allocation of Urtan block in where the offences of "cheating" and "criminal conspiracy" were "prima facie" made out against the accused.

Besides Jindal, the other accused in the case include Steel and Power Ltd's (JSPL) former Sushil Maroo, former Deputy MD and

is named as accused, along with former for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and former Madhu Koda, in another case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in

According to the CBI charge sheet in this case, the accused had misrepresented facts in its January 2007 application before the Screening Committee, responsible for recommending coal block allocation, for obtaining the coal block and hence cheated the to get wrongful gains.

The ministry had issued the allocation letter to the firm in October 2009.

The probe agency has named 64 persons as prosecution witnesses to prove its case besides annexing 60 documents in its charge sheet.

The charge sheet has said that in the feedback form, the firm misrepresented or made false claims on two counts -- that it had already acquired 964 acres of land for its Jharkhand- based Patratu project and that it had placed orders for equipment for its Odisha-based Angul project for Rs 4,340 crore.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 13:30 IST