Coal block case: Court summons minister in Vajpayee govt

The accused have been summoned on the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust under the sections of the IPC.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:January 19, 2016 3:43 am

The special CBI court has summoned former Minister of State Dilip Ray, who was minister in the NDA government in 1999, as an accused along with five others in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of Brahmadiha coal block in Jharkhand’s Giridih to accused firm Castron Technologies Ltd.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar has summoned, besides Ray, Pradip Kumar Banerjee, then Additional Secretary in Coal Ministry, Nitya Nand Gautam, then advisor (projects) in the ministry, Castron Technologies Ltd, its director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla and Castron Mining as accused.

Ray is the first minister of an NDA government who has been summoned as an accused in connection with the coal block allocation cases. “It is… prima facie clear that the decision made by the Screening Committee and the subsequent relaxation of guidelines by Minister of State for Coal, Dilip Ray, was made without keeping public interest in mind and with manifest disregard to the consequences that such an act would surely undermine the public interest,” the court said.

The accused have been summoned on the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust under the sections of the IPC and under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court has directed all the accused to appear before it on February 26.

“The public servants involved in the coal block allocation process abused their official position… while acting in contravention of directions in which the duties attached to their offices were to be discharged to ensure distribution of the important nationalised natural resources of the country objectively and in a transparent manner,” the special court said.

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    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:45 am
    Last month on Dec 20,2015, Lakshmikant Sharma, Ex-education minister of BJP of MadyaPradesh involved in VYAPAM scam got bail after 19 months in JAIL .. Fake Degree case of Union Education Minister Smirti is still pending in court and people of India still don't know whether she is BA or BCom or BCom (Part-I)...Rajasthan Police are still pursuing the "MISSING MINISTER" Nihalchand Megwal who involved ina RAPE case...,BJP should first set its own house in order instead of attempting "Cong-Free"India....
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    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:22 am
    Minister of State Dilip Ray, a minister in the NDA government of Vajpayee in 1999, was NOW an accused.. First BJP ex-Minister found in Coalgate...See, How deep root of corruption of BJP goes.. BJP guys from top to bottom speak, think, move, act as if they are born saints from mother's womb...and pretend that they even don't know the spelling for corruption...Like a hen protects its chicks, Modi protects a BEELINE of scam-tainted ministers--Sushma, Vasunthra, Shivraj Chouhan, Smirti irani, Raman Singh Nihalchand Megwal ..and Jaitley..
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    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:52 am
    Vajpayee would have sacked Dilip Ray immediately if he knew it in 1999. But..Modi ???used to say ‘Na Khaunga, na Khanegunda’.