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Coalscam: Court to hear arguments on charges from April 2012

Coalscam: Court to hear arguments on charges from April 2012
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar fixed the matter for consideration on charges after the counsel appearing for the nine accused said that scrutiny of documents supplied to them by the agency was complete.

“All the accused state that documents supplied to them are complete. Section 207 CrPC stands complete. The case is now adjourned for consideration on charge for April 20,” the judge said.

The court also directed the investigating officer (IO) to furnish all the documents related to the case in the court so that the defence counsel could inspect it, if required.

The IO informed the court that he has supplied all the documents of the case to the accused. The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North coal block in Jharkhand to accused firm Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL).

Apart from VISUL and Koda, ex-Jharkhand chief secretary Ashok Kumar Basu, former Coal Secretary H C Gupta, public servants Bipin Bihari Singh and Basant Kumar Bhattacharya, Kolkata-based VISUL’s Director Vaibhav Tulsyan, chartered accountant Navin Kumar Tulsyan and Koda’s alleged close aide Vijay Joshi are accused in the case.

These eight individual accused were granted bail by the court after they had appeared before it in pursuance to the summons issued against them.

The court, while granting bail to the eight individual accused, had observed that Koda and others holding high positions allegedly misappropriated the natural resources.

The court had then said that Koda and seven others, including Basu and H C Gupta, “clearly conspired together” to misappropriate important natural resources.

They were summoned as accused after the court had taken cognisance of the offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants) of the IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
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