The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to two Jindal group companies, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL).
Former MP Naveen Jindal and others were earlier chargesheeted by CBI in the case.
The court had directed CBI to further probe the case while contending that prima facie “active collusion” was found on part of the public servants for not verifying the claims made by the firm.
The relief was given on a personal bond of Rs one lakh each with one surety of the like amount.
Koda, who is also an accused in the case, sought summoning of Manmohan Singh, who was then holding the portfolio of the Coal Ministry.
The court framed the charges after the accused did not plead guilty and claimed trial in the case. The court has now fixed the matter for hearing on August 17.
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.