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Coal scam:CBI completes probe in Hindalco case

Senior public prosecutor V K Sharma told the court that CBI has completed its investigation in the case and filed the statement of one of the witnesses, S Jayaraman, former Chairman and Managing Director of Neyveli Lignite Corporation in a sealed cover.

“Final compliance report along with the statement of one more witness S Jayaraman, former Chairman cum Managing Director of Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd, in a sealed cover has been filed. The sealed cover has been opened and has been resealed with the seal of the court after perusal,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.

During the brief hearing, the investigating officer also moved an application seeking to place on record some material and statement of witnesses which were “inadvertently” not filed earlier along with the initial closure report.

“Further investigation is complete. We have further examined one more witness. We are filing his statement in a sealed cover. Our final investigation is over now. We are also filing some more documents which were not filed earlier,” the prosecutor said.

The court directed that the documents be taken on record.

“Matter be now put up for consideration on March 11,” the court said adding that if needed, it would seek clarification from the agency later.

The case pertains to allocation of Talabira II coal block in Orissa to M/s Hindalco in 2005.

CBI, in its FIR, had named Parakh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd and other unknown persons for alleged offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

However, the agency had later on filed a closure report in the court which had refused to accept it.

Coalscam: CBI files CVC's reference in special court

CBI on Thursday filed in a special court a copy of the reference made by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on the basis of which a case was lodged against Prakash Industries Ltd and others in a coal blocks allocation scam.

The investigating officer (IO) placed on record the copy of the reference made by the CVC to CBI on the basis of which initial preliminary enquiry was registered.

The agency’s move came after the court on February 3 directed it to produce the original reference made by CVC and place before it the preliminary enquiry file of the case in which it had later filed a closure report. During the hearing, the prosecutor said that although the IO has also brought the preliminary enquiry file but the same was required for reference in other cases also. So whenever the court deem it appropriate to consider the case, the file would be produced as and when called for, he said.

“The copy of the reference made by the CVC to CBI be kept on record and the preliminary enquiry file be produced as and when called for,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said while posting the matter for consideration on March 17. The court was hearing the matter in which CBI had filed a closure report saying no prosecutable evidence could be found during its investigation in the case.

CBI had earlier lodged an FIR against Prakash Industries Ltd and others in connection with alleged irregularities in allocation of Chhattisgarh’s Fatehpur coal block.

According to CBI, the Fatehpur coal block was allocated jointly to Prakash Industries Ltd and one other company by the 35th screening committee.

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