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Coalscam: JIPL misrepresented facts to acquire block, says CBI

Coalscam: JIPL misrepresented facts to acquire block, says CBI
CBI has chargesheeted JIPL, its two Directors R S Rungta and R C Rungta and others in the case pertaining to allocation of coal block to the accused firm.

However, the accused on Monday raised jurisdictional issue contending that as no offence punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act was there in the case, the matter should be heard by a magisterial court.

The competence of the special court to try the case was raised when senior public prosecutor A P Singh was advancing arguments on framing of charges in the case by alleging that JIPL had given false information and inflated claims in their February 2004 application seeking allocation of coal block.

The prosecutor alleged that JIPL had "misrepresented" facts regarding the land required for establishing their proposed end use project as well as its installed capacity.

CBI said in its initial application form, the company had stated that one kiln of 100 tonne per day was in operation and two kilns were to be commissioned in April 2004, but in its agenda form, the firm said three kilns of 100 tonne per day were in operation and eight others were under installation.

"They (accused) had shown three kilns in the form but during the investigation, it has been established that they had only two kilns," the prosecutor told Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar.

‘Records sent to authority for sanction’
CBI on Monday informed a special court that they have sent the records of a coal block allocation case to the competent authority to consider according sanction to prosecute public servants allegedly involved in the matter. The agency also filed progress report of its ongoing probe in the case before the court, which had earlier directed it to conduct further investigation into the alleged role and collusion between public servants and company officials.
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