Ex-coal secretary H C Gupta, others put on trial in coal scam case
NEW DELHI: Former Coal Secretary H C Gupta, going through prosecution in coal rip-off cases, become put on trial by way of a special court docket alongside 4 others and two public servants for alleged offenses of cheating and crook conspiracy within the JICPL case.
Besides Gupta, unique CBI Judge Bharat Parashar additionally framed fees in opposition to senior public servants Okay S Trophy and Ok C Samaria, JAS Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd (JICPL), and its Director Manoj Kumar Jayaswal for the alleged irregularities in the allotment of ‘Mahuagarhi Coal Block’ in Jharkhand to a personal company.
After the costs were framed, the accused pleaded now not guilty and claimed trial inside the case.
The courtroom positioned up the matter for further listening on April 17, 2017.
Even as ordering to position the accused on trial, the courtroom had on December 7, stated, “The statistics of the prevailing case prima facie show that accused H C Gupta, Okay S Trophy and Okay C Samaria entered into a criminal conspiracy with organization M/s JICPL and its Director Manoj Kumar Jayaswal in the order you acquire allotment of a coal block in favor of M/s JICPL.”
“The acts alleged against the accused public servants Gupta, Trophy, and Samaria are such that if questioned, they can not claim that they have been acting in the discharge of their respectable responsibilities,” the courtroom had said.
In a shocking move, the previous Coal Secretary had on August 16 instructed the court that he meant to “face trial from within the prison” and withdraw his personal bond to at ease bail because of monetary troubles. But, he later withdrew his plea.
The courtroom said prima facie prices for alleged offenses under sections 420 (dishonest), 409 (crook breach of agree with by public servant), 120-B (crook conspiracy) of IPC, and underneath relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act are made out against the accused.
Round eight one-of-a-kind charge sheets were filed in opposition to Gupta, and lawsuits are going on individually. The Ultimate courtroom had lately dismissed his plea seeking joint trial in a lot of these cases.
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Some of the cases in which Gupta became summoned as accused by way of the courtroom consist of those referring to alleged irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapur coal block to accused firm Kamal Sponge Metal and Electricity Ltd (KSSPL) and allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal’s Raniganj place to Vikash Metallic and Energy Ltd.
He is also accused of alleged irregularities in the allotment of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to two businesses of Jindal institution and allocation of Brahmapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to accused company Pushp Steels and Mining Pvt Ltd (PSMPL).
The court docket had on July 31 final year issued summons to the accused after taking cognizance of CBI’s very last record. In advance, the court had refused to accept the probe company’s closure report filed in the case and had directed it to investigate the problem.
It had referred to that it turned into prima facie clear that officers of the Ministry of Coal or the screening committee had acted in a way which turned into “detrimental” to the public hobby. They had allowed JAS Infrastructure and Electricity Ltd (JIPL), now called JICPL, to “misappropriate” nationalised natural sources Graet New.
In advance, the organization had filed a closure report in the case in which it had lodged a FIR towards the company, Jayaswal, and others for alleged irregularities via JIPL in acquiring the coal block.