“Dishonest misrepresentation” was made by the convicted persons before the screening committee “even before” Singh approved these recommendations, the court observed.
The case relates to alleged irregularities in the allocation of Thesgora-B/ Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to Kamal Sponge Steel & Power Ltd.
A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India showed inefficient and possibly illegal allocation of coal blocks between 2004 and 2009.
Coal scam verdict: Besides the jail term, the court also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on the three government officials convicted.
The special court on Friday had convicted Gupta, former Joint Secretary in Coal Ministry, K S Kropha and former Director, Coal Ministry K C Samria.
The case relates to alleged irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B/Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to Kamal Sponge Steel & Power Ltd.
A Delhi Court has convicted Former Coal Secretary H C Gupta and two serving senior officials for irregularities in the allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh to a private firm.
Coal Scam: The CBI court will pronounce the order on quantum of sentence on May 22.
Officials said the agency searched various premises of the firm in Delhi, Haryana and Chhattisgarh under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) as part of its investigations.
On December 7 last year, the court had ordered handing over of original visitors’ diary of the official residence of ex-CBI director to Sharma-led panel.
In one case, the complaint alleges, where closure was reported to the Supreme Court, the case was re-opened when the director of the company being investigated refused to pay a bribe.
The court’s observations came while ordering framing of charges against Jindal, Koda, former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and 12 others including five firms.
The special court earlier had convicted Rungta on charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating for making false claims in the coal block allocation related to North Dhadu block in Jharkhand.
The allocation had come under the scanner because applications were initially invited for one block — West of Radhikapur — and the promotional block was added later, said sources.
The CAG estimated the loss to the nation at Rs 1.86 lakh crore, and the Supreme Court declared all coal block allocations since 1993 illegal.