Coal Scam: Court orders to frame charges against Madhu Koda, 8 others

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MADHU KODA
Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda

A special court has ordered former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, ex-coal secretary HC Gupta, former Jharkhand chief secretary Ashok Kumar Basu and six others to be put on trial on charges of corruption, criminal conspiracy and cheating, in connection with a coal block allocation scam case.

Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar, also ordered the framing of charges against two public servants, Basant Kumar Bhattacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh, Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL), its director Vaibhav Tulsyan, Koda’s alleged close aide Vijay Joshi and chartered accountant Navin Kumar Tulsyan.

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

It has now fixed July 31 for formal framing of charges and directed all the accused to remain present in the court on that day. “I have ordered framing of charges against all the accused… put up for formal framing of charges on July 31,” the judge said.

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