Coal scam case: Ex-secy HC Gupta, two others awarded two-year prison term; granted bail immediately

Coal scam verdict: Besides the jail term, the court also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on the three government officials convicted.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2017 3:38 pm
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Former coal secretary H C Gupta was on Monday awarded a two-year prison term for his alleged involvement in a coal scam. The sentence, awarded to Gupta as well as senior government officials K S Kropha and K C Samaria, was delivered by a special court in New Delhi. All convicts were, however, granted bail on the same day. They will now be able to challenge their sentence in the High Court.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parasher also slapped a penalty of Rs one lakh on each of the convicted persons. The court also fined private company Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSPPL) an amount of Rs one crore.

The company’s managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia has been given a prison sentence of three years, along with a fine of Rs 30 lakh.

The government officials were convicted by the special court on Friday for their involvement in the coal scam case for discrepancies in coal block allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri in Madhya Pradesh, favouring a private company.

Gupta and the other officials were charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC. The other allegations levelled against them were abuse of power, gaining monetary leverage regardless of public interest as well as criminal conspiracy. The charge of criminal breach of trust by a government official against Gupta, however, was later dropped by the court.

The CBI had chargesheeted KSPPL with false testaments of their qualifications while applying for the allotment. This was endorsed by several public servants connected with coal allocation. The CBI has held that KSPPL’s application itself was not complete and should have been cancelled in the first place.

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    Ajay G
    May 22, 2017 at 10:54 pm
    Why application of KSPPL was not cancelled in the first place ? Of course to grant favor and gain monetary leverage. Such parasites eat up the wealth of the nation. Why financials and property held by culprits and their families are not checked !!
    1. Ashutosh Shukla
      May 22, 2017 at 9:34 pm
      Another Lalu in the making - investigated found guilty and sentenced and immediate bail. Lalu is perpetually on bail looks like he will complete the sentence on bail. Can someone tell the nation why the law is different for different people. Jai Hind
      1. V
        May 22, 2017 at 7:27 pm
        Why the bail???? What example is the court setting! First the courts rarely convict. And then issue immediate bail???
        1. M
          May 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm
          indian courts operate not to justice but to legally avoid prosecution of criminals first by delay method second by bail method
        2. A
          May 22, 2017 at 6:08 pm
          1. I
            May 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm
            Very Good. LOOT in INDIA will only stop when GOVT OFFICIALS are thrown in Jail for LOOT SCAMS as politicians are incapable of LOOTING without the active support and connivance of the Govt Officials. .................... TWO YEAR is too small a punishment. It should have been minimum EIGHT YEARS each and ONE CRORE FINE.
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