Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, an accused in a coal block allocation scam case along with 14 others, has been allowed by a special court to travel abroad for business purposes Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar allowed the plea filed by Jindal seeking the court’s permission to visit Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East, Europe including Italy, London, and the US till November 3 and imposed certain conditions on him.
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Jindal has been asked to inform the investigating office and the court about his arrival in India within seven days o his return mentioning the details of places visited by him “He shall not tamper with the evidence nor try t influence any witness in any manner and will not use th permission granted to him contrary to the rules,” the cour said while imposing conditions.
CBI, however, had opposed Jindal’s plea, saying that i may result in delay of trial and there were chances that h may not return to India.
Jindal was earlier granted bail by the court which ha imposed several conditions, including that he will not leav the country without the court’s nod.
Apart from Jindal, CBI had chargesheeted ex-Minister o State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao, ex-Jharkhand Chief Ministe Madhu Koda, former Coal Secretary H C Gupta and 11 others i the case of alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkond Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand to Jindal Steel and Powe Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Private Ltd (GSIPL).
The other individual accused are — Rajeev Jain, Directo of Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Girish Kumar Suneja and Radh Krishna Saraf, GSIPL Directors, K Ramakrishna Prasad, MD o Sowbhagya Media Ltd, and chartered accountant Gyan Swaroo Garg. All the accused are currently out on bail.
Besides the nine accused, five firms — JSPL, Jinda Realty Pvt Ltd, Gagan Infraenergy Ltd (formerly known a GSIPL), Sowbhagya Media Ltd and New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd — ar also accused in the case.