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New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday ordered that former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and others be charged with criminal conspiracy and cheating in a coal block allocation case.

The court found prima facie evidence against Koda and others in the case allegedly involving Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL).

Special Judge Bharat Parashar ordered the framing of charges dealing with criminal conspiracy, cheating and various provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act against former coal secretary H.C. Gupta, Koda, Jharkhand’s then chief secretary A.K. Basu and others.

The charges will be formally framed on July 30, the court said.

The court was hearing the case related to Jharkhand’s Rajhara North coal block allocation to VISUL.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged Gupta, Koda and others conspired to favour VISUL in allocating the coal block.

The others accused in the case include VISUL director Vaibhav Tulsyan, chartered accountant Navin Kumar Tulsyan, government officials Basant Kumar Bhatacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh and alleged middleman Vijay Joshi.

They have been charge-sheeted for cheating and criminal conspiracy and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

(IANS)

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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For Him. Flickr
A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)