Coal case: Trial against Koda from September 21


New Delhi: A court here on Thursday fixed September 21 to commence trial in the coal block allocation case allegedly involving former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and others.
Special Judge Bharat Parashar listed the matter for September 21 for recording statement of prosecution witnesses in the case after completing the process of admission or denial of documents by the accused.

The court on July 31 framed charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating against Koda, then coal secretary H.C. Gupta, Koda, then Jharkhand chief secretary A.K. Basu and others.

The court was hearing the case related to Jharkhand’s Rajhara North coal block allocation to Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL). The Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged Gupta, Koda and the others conspired to favour the firm in allocation of the coal block.