Jindal, 14 Others Chargesheeted By CBI In Coal Scam
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Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, fomrer minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and 12 others were chargesheeted by the CBI in connection with Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block allocation scam case.
Former coal secretary H.C. Gupta and five firms, including Jindal Steel and Power Ltd and Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, have also been chargesheeted in the case for alleged offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar, before whom the charge sheet was filed by senior public prosecutor V.K. Sharma, said it would be taken up for consideration tomorrow.
The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand's Birbhum district in 2008 to Jindal Group firms - Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL).
Six other individuals named as accused in the CBI charge sheet are -- Gyan Swaroop Garg, Suresh Singhal, Rajeev Jain, Girish Kumar Suneja, R K Saraf and K Ramakrishna Prasad.
Besides the 10 individuals, the firms chargesheeted in the case are -- JSPL, Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Gagan Infraenergy Ltd, New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd and Soubhagya Media Ltd.
According to sources, the agency has alleged in the charge sheet that Jindal group firms had misrepresented facts to acquire the coal block in 2008.
In its FIR lodged in the case, the CBI had alleged that Jindal group was shown favour by the Jharkhand Government which had dropped other firms from its recommendation for allocation of coal block in the state in 2007.
The FIR was categorical that Ministry of Power was against the proposal for allocating Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to JSPL and GSIPL.
JSPL, in a statement, denied the allegations made against it and its management and said it would take appropriate remedy in accordance with law.
"We are shocked to know from the media about filing of a charge sheet by CBI with respect to allocation of a coal block. The said allocation was made to the company on merits. During the course of the investigation the company and its officials fully cooperated with the authorities, and whenever asked, explained and provided all the supporting documents," it said.