NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will take up for hearing of Manmohan Singh’s plea in coal scam case on April 1.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has filed a petition challenging his summoning by the apex court in connection with the allocation of a Talabira II coal block to owned Hindalco which is owned by industrialist Kumarmangalam Birla.
On being asked when they were going to mention former prime minister’s plea for an early hearing, a senior counsel who will appear for Manmohan Singh on Friday said there is no need to mention as petition is listed for hearing on April 1.
Special Court Judge Bharat Parashar, who is holding trial of cases rooted in coal block allocation scam, on March 11 had summoned Manmohan Singh as an accused for allocating Talabira II coal block in Orissa to Hindalco in 2005.
Besides the former prime minister, the court had also summoned Birla and then coal secretary P.C. Parakh under offences of criminal conspiracy and breach of trust of the Indian Penal Code, and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Directors of the Amrapali Group to file details of all their movable and immovable assets along with valuation, and warned them that they would be rendered homeless if they tried “to play smart.”
A bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice U.U. Lalit clarified that all the properties of the directors would be sold if the company failed to raise Rs 5,112 crore required to complete its unfinished housing projects.
The apex court directed the company to furnish details on how it intends to arrange Rs 5,112 crore.
The company Directors were asked to file affidavits within 15 days listing their movable and immovable properties.
When the company’s counsel Gaurav Bhatia told the court that home-buyers will also pay to help it raise Rs 5,112 crore, the court said: “The home-buyers will not pay a penny.”
“Don’t burden the home-buyers. Don’t try to be smart. Tell your Directors also,” the bench told the counsel.
“Tell us how you intend to arrange the money? Otherwise, you will be rendered homeless,” the bench said.
The court told the Directors that as they had made buyers wait for their homes, they will also search for their homes if they don’t submit the plan to arrange for money for the unfinished projects.
“Days are not away when you (Directors) will compel us to do this. If necessary, we will take every strip (of land) if you compel us. Next time, come (to the court) with the proposal,” the top court observed.
When the court was told that electricity supply at two projects of Amrapali — Zodiac and Silicon Valley — has been disconnected, it ordered the power companies concerned to restore electricity by Wednesday itself.
The court posted the matter for August 14.
On August 1, the court slammed the Amrapali Group for playing “fraud and dirty games” with it and ordered freezing of bank accounts of all the Directors of its 40 firms, besides attaching their personal properties.
Public sector undertaking National Building Construction Corporation was also directed to take over all 16 unfinished projects of the Amrapali Group.
The real estate group is yet to hand over possession of flats to around 40,000 home-buyers.