Following the failure of “competent authority” to take a decision on CBI’s request for sanction to prosecute two senior government officials in separate coal block allocation cases, a special CBI court said on Thursday that it will proceed with the assumption that the sanction had been granted.
K S Kropha, then Joint Secretary in Ministry of Coal, and K C Samaria, then director in Coal Allocation section of the ministry, are accused in cases regarding alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks to JLD Yavatmal Energy Ltd and JAS Infrastructure and Power Ltd, now known as JAS Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd. Both Kropha and Samaria have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
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Referring to a Supreme Court judgment, the special CBI court said the “competent authority” should take a decision on the issue of sanction within four months from the day the request was forwarded by the prosecution agency. Stating that almost six months had passed since the requests for sanction had been sent, special judge Bharat Parashar said, “I accordingly proceed further with the matter with the assumption that sanction to prosecute the public servants i.e. K S Kropha and K C Samaria…is deemed to have been granted by the competent sanctioning authority.”