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Graft charges to be maintained against public servant: CBI

The CBI on Tuesday told a special court that graft charges should be maintained against two government officials, facing prosecution in a coal scam case in which the Delhi High Court had quashed charges against Chhattisgarh- based Prakash Industries Ltd (PIL) and its director.

Special Public Prosecutor R S Cheema and CBI prosecutor V K Sharma filed the agency's reply to the plea of accused Goutam Kumar Basak and Soumen Chatterjee seeking alteration of charges framed against them.

CBI, in its reply filed before special CBI judge Bharat Parashar, said the charge of public servants abusing official position under the Prevention of Corruption Act should be maintained against the two accused persons.

The prosecutor, however, said the charge of criminal conspiracy under the IPC should be recast.
The counsel for Basak and Chatterjee sought time to go through the agency's reply and to argue in the matter.

The court granted time to the defence counsel and fixed the case for arguments on the application on 8 December.
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