Global News

Four out of 30 coal scam cases decided by special court

Four out of 30 coal scam cases decided by special court

A SPECIAL court Wednesday held former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and ex-coal secretary H C Gupta guilty on charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy linked to alleged irregularities in allocating a coal block to a private company in 2007.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar held Koda, Gupta and other accused persons, including ex-Jharkhand chief secretary A K Basu and private company Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL), guilty of varying offences.

The quantum of punishment will be announced on Thursday.

It said although the Jharkhand 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.

Addressing the media here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said the Koda government was backed by the Congress when the scam occurred, which put the party and the previous UPA government in the dock.

The CBI alleged that former Jharkhand CM, Ex-Chief Secretary Basu and others were allegedly involved in conspiring in favour of VISUL firm in the coal block allocation, First Post reported.

'Kebab ban' legislature defeated in European Parliament
The Greens group of MEPs, which supported keeping the ban, called Wednesday's vote a "disappointing result for consumer rights". And the plans could be reignited by a study from the European Food Safety Agency, which is due out next year.

In 2015, the court had framed charges against all accused under IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants), and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

A CBI probe was launched in 2012, to investigate the case of corruption and gross discrepancies in the records.

The accused had refuted the allegations levelled against them.

Koda, who faces several cases of money laundering and corruption during his tenure as chief minister between 2006 and 2008, stood stoically in a formal shirt, pants and bundi, when special judge Bharat Parashar announced the verdict of the case being probed by CBI since 2014.

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