A special court on Friday ordered framing of charges against industrialist Naveen Jindal and other accused in the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block allocation case.
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said “charges to be framed against all accused under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) read with 409 and 420 of IPC and under sections 13(1)(c), 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.” The court, however, said charges would be formally framed against the accused later on.
The court also ordered framing of charges against ex-minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda, ex-coal secretary H C Gupta in the case. Parashar ordered framing of charges dealing with criminal conspiracy, cheating and various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The court was hearing a case related to the allocation of Jharkhand’s Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to Jindal Steel and Gagan Sponge.
The probe agency said there was sufficient evidence to frame charges against the accused in a case related to the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to Jindal Steel and Gagan Sponge.
Besides them, the other accused are — Rajeev Jain, Director of Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Girish Kumar Suneja and Radha Krishna Saraf, Directors of GSIPL, Suresh Singhal, Director of New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd, K Ramakrishna Prasad, Managing Director of Sowbhagya Media Ltd and chartered accountant Gyan Swaroop Garg. These accused are currently out on bail.
Besides them, five firms — JSPL, Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Gagan Infraenergy Ltd (formerly known as GSIPL), Sowbhagya Media Ltd and New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd — are also accused in the case.
Meanwhile, the court issued notice to CBI and 14 accused on a plea by Suresh Singhal for pardon and turning approver in the case.
He filed the application on April 21, seeking to make a disclosure statement which was later on recorded by a magistrate and placed before the special judge in a sealed envelope.
“Trial proceedings in this case would be appropriate to be conducted after adjudication of this issue,” the court said and fixed May 11 for hearing submissions of CBI and the accused on Singhal’s plea.
The special court had earlier fixed today for pronouncing its order on framing of charges as the judge was busy with other official work.
During arguments on framing of charges, CBI had alleged that ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, also accused in the case, had favoured JSPL and GSIPL in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.
CBI had also claimed that the accused had conspired with each other to get the allocation of the coal block in favour of the two Jindal group firms.
Opposing CBI’s contention, all the accused, including Jindal, Koda and Rao, had said that there was no evidence which showed that they were in any conspiracy during the coal block allocation process.
They had also denied the allegations levelled against them by CBI in its charge sheet.
Jindal, Rao, Koda, former Coal Secretary H C Gupta and 11 others were chargesheeted by CBI in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of the coal block to JSPL and GSIPL.