A Delhi court Wednesday convicted three persons and a private company in a case relating to irregularities in the allocation of North Dhadhu coal block in Jharkhand.
Special Judge Bharat Parashar found the private firm M/S PSPL, its directors Gyanchand Prasad Aggarwal and Umesh Chand Aggarwal, and S K Kanungo, the marketing manager of another private company, guilty under sections 120(B) and 420 of the IPC. “It is thus crystal clear that the overall facts and circumstances of the case unerringly point out to one and only one hypothesis and which is consistent with the guilt of the accused persons only and also that the circumstances are not explainable on any other hypothesis,” the judge noted.
The court also held that “person deceived in the present matter was primarily MOC (Ministry of Coal), Government of India, through the Screening Committee route”. “Certainly false representations were initially made before Ministry of Steel which coaxed it to make a recommendation in favour of M/s PSPL to MOC for allotment of a captive coal block. Again believing the said false representations to be true, the Screening Committee chose to make a recommendation in favour of M/s PSPL for allotment of a captive coal block,” the court said.
Appearing for CBI, senior advocate R S Cheema and senior public prosecutor A P Singh submitted there were “misrepresentations, as regard to land available with the company, its net worth, clearances applied for”.
The counsel for the accused, P K Dubey, denied all the charges and submitted that “from the documents relied upon by the prosecution itself it is clear that no misrepresentation was ever made by the company or its directors to any government department”.
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