The CBI court probing the coal scam summoned them as accused after taking cognisance of CBI’s final report filed in the case.
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.
The court, after going through the sanction order placed by CBI in both the cases, fixed the matter for July 28 for order on cognisance.
The court summoned the accused for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy with cheating, criminal breach of trust by public servant under IPC and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The court also summoned H C Gupta for prima facie substantive offence under section 409 of the IPC, which entails life term as maximum punishment, and under provisions of the anti-graft law.
CBI had filed the charge sheet in the case on May 20 this year for alleged offences under section 120B read with section 409 of IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The Enforcement Directorate has filed five more cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against companies in different parts of the country in the coal blocks allocation scam.
Rao’s reaction came after he appeared before a special court in connection with the coal scam case along with Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and others.
The court allowed Jindal to travel abroad from June 14 to June 29 for business purposes.
The case involves alleged irregularities in allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal block in Jharkhand to two Jindal group companies, Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL).
The submission from the CBI comes, after Gupta on Wednesday had argued that Singh, being the then coal minister, had the ultimate power to allocate coal block.
“The decision regarding final allocation was taken by the Minister of Coal, who was the then Prime Minister.” Rao’s counsel said.
The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Kesla North coal block in Chhattisgarh to RSPL.
As the court framed separate charge against the firm, the JIPL counsel contended that the accused might be prejudiced by it.
The CBI, in its chargesheet, stated: “Investigation revealed that Naveen Jindal met Madhu Koda several times in Ranchi and also at Delhi.