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Coalscam:Court to consider charge sheet against Koda on Jan 20

A special court on Friday fixed January 20 for considering Central Bureau of Investigation's charge sheet filed against former Chief Minister of the eastern Indian state Jharkhand, Madhu Koda, former Chief Secretary Ashok Kumar Basu, ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta and five others in a coal blocks allocation scam case.

"Certain clarifications have been sought from the senior public prosecutor. Put up for consideration on January 20," Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.

The court was hearing the matter in which CBI had filed a charge sheet against Koda, Basu, Gupta, two serving public servants, Basant Kumar Bhattacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh, director of Kolkata-based company Vini Iron Steel and Udyog Ltd, Vaibhav Tulsyan, and Vijay Joshi as accused.

The accused have been named in the charge sheet for offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) of the IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The case pertains to allocation of coal blocks to Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd in Jharkhand's Rajhara town in which its directors and unknown public servants of the Coal Ministry, the Jharkhand government and others were made accused in the FIR lodged by CBI in September 2012.

The charge sheet was filed two months after the court had returned CBI's final report in the matter, observing that the agency had failed to give any plausible explanation to its queries.

CBI has told the court that seven others, Sanjeev Tulsyan, Prashant Tulsyan, Nisha Tulsyan, Vimal Kumar Tulsyan, Nirmala Tulsyan, Hemant Kumar Aggarwal and Navin Kumar Tulsyan, were not named as accused in the charge sheet as they were not found involved in any manner in the commission of offences.

In its FIR lodged against Vini Iron Steel and Udyog Ltd, CBI had alleged that initially the firm was not having recommendation of either the Ministry of Steel or Jharkhand government but the then Jharkhand Chief Secretary, who had attended 36th Screening Committee meeting on July 3, 2008, had signed minutes of the committee which had recommended allocation in favour of the firm.

CBI had alleged that the company had fraudulently claimed an inflated net worth and the ownership of the firm too had changed hands during the intervening period of the 36th Screening Committee.
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