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Coalgate: Ex-coal secy HC Gupta gets 3-yr jail term, granted bail

Coalgate:   Ex-coal secy HC Gupta gets 3-yr jail term, granted bail
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New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday sentenced former coal secretary H C Gupta to 3-year imprisonment in a coal block allocation scam case which happened during the previous UPA regime at the Centre.

Two other bureaucrats -K S Kropha and K C Samria -were also awarded 3-year of jail term.

The three bureaucrats were also fined Rs 50,000 each.

They were later granted statutory bail as the jail term was below four years.

Special Judge Bharat Prasar sentenced other convicted persons Vikas Patni, MD of Vikash Metals and Power Limited (VMPL), and its authorised signatory Anand Mallick to 4 years jail term.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25 lakh on Patni and Rs 2 lakh on Mallick. They were sent to jail.

A fine of Rs 1 lakh was imposed on the company.

The case pertains to irregularities in the allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal to VMPL. In September 2012, the CBI registered an FIR in the case.

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