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Coal Scam: CBI files chargesheet against Naveen Jindal and Madhu Koda

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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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‘Black’ Banned in Jharkhand’s Palamau Ahead of Modi Visit

He will also lay the foundation stone of a pipeline to meet the needs of drinking water and irrigation in Palamu and Garhwa districts at a cost of Rs 1,138 crore

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When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Palamau in Jharkhand on January 5, one colour will not be permitted in any form: black.

The Palamau administration issued the ban order after leaders of the 80,000 para teachers on strike since November 15 demanding regularization of their service vowed to show black flags to Modi in Palamau.

“The government staff or common people cannot wear black socks,” an official said. “The ban also covers clothes, bags, shoes, purses and caps.”

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Modi is scheduled to arrive in Palamau at 10.30 a.m. to spend an hour in the district.

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Mandal dam irrigation project, which was pending since 1972. The dam will be built at a cost of Rs 2,500 crore.

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He will also lay the foundation stone of a pipeline to meet the needs of drinking water and irrigation in Palamu and Garhwa districts at a cost of Rs 1,138 crore. (IANS)