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Coal scam: Special Delhi court convicts former coal secretary HC Gupta

Coal Scam: The CBI court will pronounce the order on quantum of sentence on May 22.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2017 1:48 pm
coal block, coal block scam, coal scam, coal block scam inquiry, CBI, Pushp Steels and Mining, coal block allocation, coal block scam, indian express The case relates to alleged irregularities in the allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to KSSPL.

A special court in the capital on Friday convicted former coal secretary H C Gupta in a coal scam case. Two other top bureaucrats and top brass of the company that received the coal block has also been convicted.

This is the third conviction in as many judgments on coal scam cases. HC Gupta is an accused in several other coal scam cases too.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar also convicted the coal ministry’s former joint secretary K S Kropha and then director K C Samaria besides others in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd.

The court will pronounce the order on quantum of sentence on May 22.

Gupta, Kropha and Samria have been convincted of criminal conspiracy under IPC and criminal misconduct by a civil servant under PC Act. Gupta however has been acquitted of criminal breach of trust charge under IPC.

The court has acquitted chartered accountant Amit Goyal in the case.

Besides Gupta, Kropha and Samria, the court also convicted the firm KSSPL and its managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia.
Kropha was the then joint secretary in the Ministry of Coal, while Samria was the then director (coal allocation-I) in the ministry.

During the hearing, the CBI had alleged that the application filed by KSSPL for the coal block was incomplete and was supposed to be rejected by the ministry as it was not in accordance with the guidelines issued.

The CBI had charged that the firm had misrepresented its net worth and existing capacity, adding that state government had also not recommended the firm for the allocation of any coal block.

The accused, however, denied the allegations during the arguments.

The court had in October last year framed charges against the accused observing that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was kept in the “dark” by Gupta, who had prima facie violated the law and the trust reposed in him on the issue of coal block allocation.

The trial and probe in coal scam cases had began in the wake of allegations of widespread irregularities in the allotment of coal blocks in the 1990s and 2000s. The Supreme Court had cancelled 214 such coal block allocations in September 2014. Several big companions, including Jindal Steel and Hindalco are accused in these cases.

With PTI inputs

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    TIHAEwale
    May 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    it is good that H.C.Gupta IAS, Jt. Secretary Kropha and Samria have been convincted of criminal conspiracy under IPC and criminal misconduct by a civil servant under PC Act. Gupta however has been acquitted of criminal breach of trust charge under IPC. Now these thugs once in TIHAR will who are other big shots involved in p ering in Coal ministry
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      Citizen
      May 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm
      Good to send a strong message to babus who bend backwards to serve the corrupt politicians instead of the citizens/nation. How about the real culprits who got the major share in all these dirty dea s??? Politicians and others???Lift the veil and punish them too!!! Jaihind
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        krishna kumar
        May 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm
        Finally law has caught up and culprits , who permitted themselves to be sold for petty personal gains . They need no mercy, of any kind,
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          Niks
          May 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm
          What about minister ??
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          1. Damodar Biswal
            May 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm
            Mr.Gupta was an instrument in the hands of congress bigwigs.Poor man suffered for following the orders of his bosses.
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              Tin Tin
              May 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm
              ur supposed to take only legal orders .. odiyas believe that IAS can do no wrong .Educated guys who guides the illeterate neta
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