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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against industrialist Naveen Jindal and 14 others in Amarkonda Murgadangal (Jharkhand) coal block allocation case.

The chargesheet also includes the names of former Jharkhand Chief Minister, Madhu Koda, ex-Minister of State for Coal, Dasari Narayan Rao, and ex-Coal Secretary, H.C. Gupta.

CBI said today that the former Congress lawmaker, Jindal, indulged in a conspiracy with top government officials including Dasari Narayana Rao to hook a coal field in Jharkhand in 2008.

As a part of the inquiry, CBI also raided Jindal’s house and offices of Jindal Steel and Power Limited.

Last year, the Supreme Court of India cancelled almost 200 coal fields allocated by successive governments since 1993. The court said that the fields were illegally allocated without indulging in any transparent bidding system.

Comptroller and Auditor General of India said in 2012 that Rs. 1.86 lakh crores had been lost because mining licenses had been circulated to private firms in a process infested with misdeeds.

Since then, the under-priced sales of coal blocks came under the scrutiny of CBI.

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In Jharkhand Lynching Case, Guilty Would Be Punished: Jayant Sinha

In a picture that has gone viral, the Union Minister could be seen garlanding the convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand

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Sinha further said that he has full faith in our judiciary
Sinha said that he has full faith in our judiciary. Flickr

After sparking a political storm by welcoming eight men who were convicted in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand with a garland, Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Saturday said that the Ranchi High Court has suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail.

The Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation said on Twitter, “In the Ramgarh case (mob lynching), the Ranchi High Court, which is the first court of appeal, has suspended the sentence of the accused and released them on bail while admitting their case. The case will once again be re-heard.” Sinha further said that he has full faith in our judiciary and that those who are innocent would be spared while the guilty would be appropriately punished.

“I have full faith in our judiciary and rule of law. Unfortunately, irresponsible statements are being made about my actions when all that I am doing is honoring due process of law. Those that are innocent will be spared and guilty will be appropriately punished,” he said.

He added, “I have repeatedly expressed my misgivings about the Fast-Track Court judgement sentencing each accused to life imprisonment. I am pleased that the Hon’ble High Court will hear the matter as a statutory court of appeal to test the correctness of the Fast-Track Court order.” Sinha, who represents the Hazaribagh seat in Lok Sabha, yesterday felicitated eight men convicted for killing a meat trader in Jharkhand last year.

In a picture that has gone viral, the Union Minister could be seen garlanding the convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand at his residence on the outskirts of Hazaribagh.

A Ramgarh Court had sentenced the 11 accused, in connection with the Alimuddin murder case in Ramgarh district to a lifetime in prison.

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Alimuddin, also known as Asgar Ansari, was intercepted by a mob and beaten to death in June last year over suspicions of transporting beef in his vehicle near Bazartand village. The mob later set the vehicle ablaze.

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Following the lynching incident, section 144 was imposed in Ramgarh. (IANS)