MP Darda, son granted bail

The defendants’ counsel said the investigation in the case was ongoing and his clients should be granted relief as they have not been arrested.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 24, 2014 2:11 am

Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, his son and a businessman were granted bail in the coal blocks allocation case by a Delhi court, which had taken cognizance of a CBI chargesheet against them.

Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain granted bail to Darda, his son Devendra Darda and Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd’s Director Manoj Jayaswal on furnishing a personal bond and a surety of Rs two lakh each.

“The accused have fully co-operated with investigation. No purpose would be served by sending them into custody. The bail application is hence allowed,” the judge ruled, even as the agency opposed their pleas for relief.

Darda, Devendra and Jayaswal moved their bail pleas before the court following summons issued on May 7.

Jayaswal’s company, AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd has also been made an accused in the case and was summoned by the court.

The defendants’ counsel said the investigation in the case was ongoing and his clients should be granted relief as they have not been arrested.

The CBI prosecutor, however, opposed their bail pleas saying the allegations leveled against the accused were serious. The prosecutor said the accused were influential people and if granted bail, would try win over witnesses and tamper with evidence.

Countering the prosecutor’s arguments, the defence counsel said investigation in the case has been going on for the past two to three years and his clients had not affected the probe in any manner.

CBI registers another FIR

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a fresh FIR in the coal blocks allocation case against Nagpur-based Jayaswal Neco Industries and unknown public servants, making it the 20th FIR filed in the case.

The CBI said the case against the company has been registered for alleged criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

They said the allegations pertain to excess coal mining beyond the approved quantum from Gare Palma-4 coal block in Raigad, Maharashtra, and its consumption in captive power plant in an irregular manner.

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