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Coal scam: CBI to file revised charge sheet on September 30

The FIR in the case was lodged after a preliminary enquiry was initiated by CBI on a reference by CVC.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 15, 2014 6:24 pm
CBI had earlier filed charge sheet against Navbharat Power Pvt Ltd (NPPL), its Managing Director and Vice-Chairman Harish Chandra Prasad and its Chairman P Trivikrama Prasad in the case. CBI had earlier filed charge sheet against Navbharat Power Pvt Ltd (NPPL), its Managing Director and Vice-Chairman Harish Chandra Prasad and its Chairman P Trivikrama Prasad in the case.

CBI on Monday told a special court that it would file a revised charge sheet on September 30 in a coal blocks allocation scam case allegedly involving Navbharat Power Pvt Ltd and others. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar was informed by special public prosecutor R S Cheema that the agency would file the revised final report in the case which would be comprehensive and would address the lacunae pointed by the court earlier.

The court noted, in its order, that Cheema has informed the CBI Director that investigating officers (IO) should include in the final reports the reasons for arriving at a conclusion for filing a charge sheet or closure report in a particular case.

The court fixed the matter for further proceedings on September 30.

CBI had earlier filed charge sheet against Navbharat Power Pvt Ltd (NPPL), its Managing Director and Vice-Chairman Harish Chandra Prasad and its Chairman P Trivikrama Prasad in the case.

The charge sheet was filed against NPPL and its officials for offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of IPC for allegedly misrepresenting facts, including inflated net worth, to acquire coal blocks.

CBI had also alleged that net worth of the firm applying for coal blocks was an important factor to determine its financial strength and NPPL had fraudulently claimed in its application form that it was supported by Globeleq Singapore Pvt Ltd, Navbharat Ventures Ltd and Mahalaxmi Group Ltd.

NPPL and its officials were named as accused by the agency for allegedly conspiring and cheating by misrepresenting facts to “embellish” its applications to get allotments between 2006 and 2009.

The FIR in the case was lodged after a preliminary enquiry was initiated by CBI on a reference by CVC.

The court had earlier asked the IOs in the coal scam cases to go through the August 25 judgement of the Supreme Court in which all coal blocks allocated during 1993 to 2010 were held as illegal.

The apex court, on August 25, has held that all coal block allocations made since 1993 till 2010 before pre-auction era during the previous NDA and UPA regimes were done in illegal manner by an “ad-hoc and casual” approach “without application of mind”.

Earlier, the special public prosecutor had told the court that he had informed the CBI authorities to prepare a comprehensive report giving all the details related to the case.

He had also said that he had informed CBI to examine and analyse the alleged role of private parties and public servants in the case in an objective and prudent manner.

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