Court to pronounce order on charge against ex-Coal Secretary, others
A special court would next month decide whether to put former Coal Secretary H C Gupta, two senior public servants and others on trial in a coal scam case relating to alleged irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block to a private firm.
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar put up the matter for November 10. The court had earlier heard arguments of CBI and the accused on framing of charges. The court, meanwhile, allowed Jas Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd (JICPL)'s Director and co-accused Manoj Kumar Jayaswal to visit Prague from November 5 to 10 for business purposes. The CBI had filed the charge sheet against the accused –including Gupta, Jayaswal and two senior public servants K S Kropha and K C Samria and the firm –in the case pertaining to allocation of the Mahuagarhi coal block in Jharkhand.
The court had last year issued summons to accused after taking cognisance of CBI's final report for alleged offences punishable under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 420 (cheating) of IPC and under relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.