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Court grants bail to Rajya Sabha MP, others in coal case

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Court granted bail to Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, coal ex-secretary H.C. Gupta and others in a coal block allocation case.

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The bail was granted by Special Judge Bharat Parashar to Darda, his son Devendra Darda, Gupta, coal ministry officials K.S. Kropha and K.C. Samria, and JLD Yavatmal Energy Ltd. Director Manoj Kumar Jayaswal, on the furnishing of personal bonds of Rs. 1 lakh each and surities of the like amount.

All of the accused had appeared as the court had issued summons against them on July 31. The court took cognizance of the case, which was filed on charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had filed a closure report but the court had refused to accept it, and had asked the CBI, on November 20 last year, to probe into the matter further and file a progress report, and the agency did so.

The CBI in its FIR stated that JLD Yavatmal wrongfully concealed previous allocation of four coal blocks to its group companies in 1999-2005. But in its closure report the CBI claimed that even if this information had been revealed, it would not have disqualified the companies from getting coal blocks.

With inputs from IANS

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Coal scam: Court fixes March 4 for order on framing charges

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New Delhi: On Monday, a special court fixed March 4 for pronouncing its order on framing of charges in a coal scam case in which CBI had chargesheeted industrialist Naveen Jindal, ex-Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and 13 others.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said that he will take some time to pass the order on charges in the case as he is going through the documents as well as the arguments advanced by CBI and the counsel for the accused.

 “I will take some time. Put up for March 4,” the judge said.

During arguments on framing of charges, CBI had alleged that ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, also accused in the case, had favoured Jindal group firms — Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Private Ltd (GSIPL) — in the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.

CBI had also claimed that the accused had conspired with each other to get the allocation of the coal block in favour of the two Jindal group firms. Opposing CBI’s contention, all the accused, including Jindal, Koda and Rao, had said that there was no evidence which showed that they were in any conspiracy during the coal block allocation process.

They had also denied the allegations levelled against them by CBI in its charge sheet. Jindal, Rao, Koda, former Coal Secretary H C Gupta and 11 others were chargesheeted by CBI in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of the coal block to JSPL and GSIPL.

Besides them, the other individual accused are — Rajeev Jain, Director of Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Girish Kumar Suneja and Radha Krishna Saraf, Directors of GSIPL, Suresh Singhal, Director of New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd, K Ramakrishna Prasad, Managing Director of Sowbhagya Media Ltd and chartered accountant Gyan Swaroop Garg. These accused are currently out on bail.

Besides the ten accused, five firms — JSPL, Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Gagan Infraenergy Ltd (formerly known as GSIPL), Sowbhagya Media Ltd and New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd — are also accused in the case.(IANS)

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SC coal bench to decide Manmohan Singh plea

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NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi:  The cases whether the allocation of 15 per cent of Talabira II Coal Block to Hindalco by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was beyond the case covered under the coal block allocation scam would be decided by the coal bench of the Supreme Court, said the apex court on Wednesday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said that the matter will be listed before the coal bench of Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice AK Sikri.

“The matter would be listed before the coal bench, you persuade then that it did not fall within the category of the coal scam cases,”Chief Justice Dattu told senior counsel Kapil Sibal as he sought hearing of the matter next week.

However, when senior counsel Harish Salve appearing for industrialist Kumarmangalam Birla and Hindalco told the court that these were batch matters and sought their hearing post-Diwali holidays, the chief justice asked both Salve and Sibal to decide the date among themselves and the matter will be heard accordingly.

Manmohan Singh and Birla have moved the apex court for quashing criminal proceedings against them for alleged wrongdoing in the allocation of the Talabira-II coal block in Odisha to Hindalco in 2005.

The apex court on April 1 had stayed the summons issued on March 11 against Manmohan Singh and Birla by the special court holding trial of coal scam cases. It had also stayed further proceedings in the matter.

The apex court, on April 1, had also stayed the summons to former coal secretary PC Parakh, D Bhattacharya and Hindalco.

Birla has challenged the constitutional validity of section 13(1)(d)(iii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The special court had summoned Manmohan Singh, Birla and others after it rejected two closure reports by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Coal scam: Delhi court grants bail to ex- coal secretary

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New Delhi: A special court hearing on Friday granted bail to former coal secretary H.C. Gupta and other people on coal block allocation case allegedly involving Nagpur-based Grace Industries Ltd. (GIL)

M_Id_479725_CoalSpecial Judge Bharat Parashar also granted bail to the company GIL’s directors Mukesh Gupta and Seema Gupta, the director for geology and mining under the Maharashtra government Vishwas Sawakhande and K.S. Kropha, Former joint secretary of coal secretary

The court directed them to furnish a personal bond of Rs.1 lakh each and a surety of like amount each.

The court — which was hearing a matter pertaining to allocation of the Lohara (east) coal block in Maharashtra to GIL — posted the matter for September 21.

The court on January 19 had directed the CBI to conduct further probe into the alleged collusion between public servants and company officials in a case related to the allocation of coal blocks in which the CBI had charge-sheeted GIL and one of its directors Mukesh Gupta.

(with inputs from IANS)