The CBI on Thursday filed charges against Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, chairman of Lokmat Group, son Devender and his Nagpur-based firm AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd in a case related to alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks.
A day ahead of the Supreme Court hearing in the case, the probe agency swung into action, filing a chargesheet, two closure reports and registering two more FIRs — all in a day’s time.
AMR director Manoj Jayaswal, who had been promoter of Abhijeet group that was booked by the CBI in the case, was also named in the fresh chargesheet. However, no government officials have been named by the agency.
Darda, along with the others, has been named for criminal conspiracy and cheating in the chargesheet.
The CBI in the chargesheet stated that AMR in its application form for allocation of coal blocks had fraudulently concealed the fact that its group companies had previously been allocated five coal blocks.
The chargesheet also highlighted the role played by members of the 36th Screening Committee. The screening committee on July 3, 2008 had recommended allocation of Bander Coal Block jointly to J K Cement Ltd, M/s Century Textiles and Industries Ltd and AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd for their proposed plants in Karnataka and Maharashtra respectively.
The CBI also registered two FIRs against Prakash Industries and its promoter Ved Prakash Agarwal; and Central Collieries promoter GD Daga. The agency conducted raids at six places in Nagpur, Mumbai, Jangir and Bilaspur at the official and residential premises of the accused persons and firms.
In a bid to wind up its probe, the investigation agency also filed a closure report in its cases against Vikash Metals and Kamal Sponge and Power for lack of substantial evidence.