Coal scam case

Coal scam case

A Delhi court Friday sentenced former coal secretary H C Gupta and five others guilty of corruption and criminal conspiracy in a case relating to the allocation of coal blocks in West Bengal, PTI reported. The court has fixed December 3 for hearing of arguments on the quantum of punishment.

In May last year, Gupta was sentenced to two years in jail in connection with different coal scam case in Madhya Pradesh.

The former coal secretary, along with private firm Vikash Metals and Power Limited, one working and one retired public servant — ex-joint secretary in Ministry of Coal (MoC) KS Kropha and the then director (CA-I) in MoC, KC Samria — were convicted by Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar for irregularities in allotment of the coal blocks.

The firm’s managing director Vikash Patni and its authorized signatory Anand Mallick were also sentenced guilty in the case.

The case concerned to the irregularities in the allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in Bengal. On September 2012, an FIR was registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

All the five accused were taken into custody thereafter. The convicts may attract the highest term of seven years in jail.

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