Jharkhand ex-CM Madhu Koda, others found guilty in coal scam case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), during the arguments, alleged that the firm had applied for allocation of Rajhara North coal block on January 8, 2007.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 13, 2017 4:58 pm
Court to pronounce verdict against Madhu Koda, others in coal scam case Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Wednesday held former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, former Coal Secretary H C Gupta, former Jharkhand Chief Secretary Ashok Kumar Basu and one other as guilty in the coal scam case. The sentencing in the case is likely to take place tomorrow.

The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North coal block in Jharkhand to Kolkata-based Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL).

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar had earlier directed all the accused to remain present in court on the day of judgment.

Besides Koda, Gupta and the firm, the other accused in the case include A K Basu, two public servants namely Basant Kumar Bhattacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh, VISUL’s Director Vaibhav Tulsyan, Koda’s alleged close aide Vijay Joshi and chartered accountant Navin Kumar Tulsyan. The court had earlier granted bail to eight accused after they had appeared before it in pursuance to the summons issued to them.

They were summoned as accused after the court took cognizance of alleged offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI, during the arguments, alleged that the firm had applied for allocation of Rajhara North coal block on January 8, 2007. It said although the Jharkhand government and Steel Ministry did not recommend VISUL for coal block allocation, the 36th Screening Committee recommended the block to the accused firm.

The investigating agency also said that Gupta, who was chairman of the screening committee, had allegedly concealed facts from then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who then headed the Coal Ministry too, that Jharkhand had not recommended VISUL for allocation of a coal block. Koda, Basu and two accused public servants conspired to favour VISUL in the coal block allocation, the CBI added. The accused have refuted the allegations levelled against them.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Valerian Menezes
    Dec 17, 2017 at 10:38 pm
    Though late, the judgement has come in a right manner. The scamsters should be punished severely.
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      MK
      Dec 13, 2017 at 5:26 pm
      I think the report is silent about the reasons for passing such an order. The reason most probably is that the effect of the reverberations from the sound of the bells and the hum of the chant may cause sympathetic vibrations leading to resonance in the walls of the cave and damage them. This may at some point of time cause the walls to cave in. In the past even resonance with wind did cause massive bridges to fall. This is the reason troops are ordered to march 'out of step' when they are crossing bridges. I think the Tribunal wants to keep cave safe from sound pollution and resonance.
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        MK
        Dec 13, 2017 at 5:31 pm
        Sorry, I posted the comment on the wrong page. This was about NGT banning ringing of bells and chanting of mantras in the Cave temple.
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        RAKESH KUMAR
        Dec 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm
        Whereas the poorAadivasi Koda has been convicted the chief architect of the great loot Manmohan Singh is laughing and languishing a lavish life in Lutians Delhi.
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        1. Sanjay Bhattacharya
          Dec 13, 2017 at 11:47 am
          Man Mohan Singh was coal minister at the Center. How is he going scot-free? Modi rightly said that MMS knows how to bathe wearing a rain coat. Manmohan Singh led the most worthless and corrupt Govt in India's history but he behaves as if he is a saint. Mr. Singh, only age cannot buy you respect. You are a foot licker of Gandhi family and that's why you miserably failed the country.
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          1. InformationTechnologyVision DWCLLC
            Dec 13, 2017 at 3:35 pm
            U sanjay Bhattacharya are foot licker of Modi .. And Amit Shah ,, Happy shame to use for ex-PM of india better to shut u r bld y mouth u all adhee chadees get ready u r all chadees going to down from Gujarat and HP ... JAi Hind
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            1. Valerian Menezes
              Dec 17, 2017 at 10:34 pm
              What about GSPC KG basin scam case? Who should be held guilty?
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            2. smart india
              Dec 13, 2017 at 11:02 am
              CBI need to catch these scams early stage. Some times they wake up and in news after the scammers dead.
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