Former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda, eight others on trial in coal scam

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Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda
Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda

Former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda, former coal secretary HC Gupta and seven others were  put on trial by a special court in connection with a case pointing to jarring irregularities in allocation of a coal block.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parasar has charged the former Jharkhand Chief Secretary A K Basu, 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 in the case. The case is concerned with the alleged irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North (Central and Eastern) coal block in Jharkhand to VISUL.

All these accused did not plead guilty to the charge framed against them and claimed trial after which the fixed the matter for August 17 for admission/denial of documents by them.

“Separate charges against various accused persons have been framed. All the accused persons did not plead guilty and claimed trial,” the court said. The court had ordered to put these accused on trial for the alleged offence of Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The court said Gupta also committed “prima facie” offence under section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the IPC while Vaibhav Tulsyan, Joshi and VISUL prima facie committed offence of cheating under section 420 of the IPC. The charges under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act were framed against five public servants — Koda, Gupta, Basu, Singh and Bhattacharya.

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