Senior Public Prosecutor Sharma said that the Jharkhand government was “manipulated” to favour Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Private Ltd (GSIPL) in the allocation of the coal block.
A special court today dismissed the plea of ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda seeking to summon former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an additional accused in a coal scam case.
The bench asked Sibal to put forth all the contentions before the three-judge bench which is seized of all the coal block allocation cases.
The observation was made by a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu when senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Singh, sought an early hearing of the appeal filed by former Prime Minister.
The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to KSSPL.
He maintained that he went by the advice of the then Coal Secretary Parakh on the letter written by HINDALCO Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla for allocation of the coal block.
Calling Koda’s application to summon Singh as “devoid of any merit”, the CBI said that decisions taken by Singh “were not mechanical” and was done using “application of mind”.
Along with Bagrodia, ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta and retired public servant L S Janoti were summoned as accused in the case.
The submissions were made after the CBI had earlier told the court that all the 15 accused in the case should clarify whether they supported or opposed his plea.
The Supreme Court ordered deletion of the matter from its September 21 list.
Police sources said R S Rungta initially claimed that he lost Rs 15 lakh. But he later said the exact amount was Rs 1.25 crore, something mentioned in the FIR.
Bagrodia appeared as accused before Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar a day after the Supreme Court refused to grant him exemption from personal appearance before the trial court.
The CBI counsel said the probe had established that there was no connection between the coal block allocation scam and recovery of the diary.
Bagrodia has been summoned as an accused by the special CBI court in a case concerning allocation of Maharashtra’s Bander coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.
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).