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New Delhi: A court here on Monday warned one of the accused in the coal block allocation case, allegedly involving the Jindal group, over attempting to approach the judge.

According to court sources, one of the accused had allegedly tried to approach the judge hearing the coal block allocation case.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar warned the accused without disclosing his name, saying if it happened again, he will mention about it in the case record.

Defence counsel, senior advocate Hariharan said he came to know about it on Monday morning and told the court that it will not happen again.

The court has fixed the matter for further hearing for June 30.

The Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) said no one associated with it had done so.

In a statement, a JSPL spokesperson said: “Neither our company nor our management or any person associated with our company have attempted to influence the Hon’ble court as being alleged in the media.”

“We are law abiding citizens, having highest regard and respect for the judiciary. We have full faith in the judiciary and we are confident that we will come out clean during course of the trial, on merits of the case.”

Industrialist Naveen Jindal, former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, former union minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former coal secretary H.C. Gupta with others are facing trial in the case related to the allocation of Jharkhand’s Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to JSPL and Gagan Sponge.

The CBI has formally charged them with criminal conspiracy, cheating and various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. (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)