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Coal block allocation scam: Madhu Koda, others to be charged

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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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The Jharkhand government on Tuesday banned the sale and usage of e-cigarettes in the state, according to an official notification.

“E-cigarettes are the new method of nicotine use. It affects the embryos in pregnant woman. It also causes mental problem. The sale, distribution, advertisement, import and usage of e-cigarettes have been banned with immediate effect,” the notification issued by the state’s health department said.

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“E-cigarettes usually contain ingredients like propylene glycol (PG) and glycerol, mixed with concentrated flavors and optionally, a variable percentage of nicotine,” it added. (IANS)