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Six, including Ex-Coal Secretary convicted in coal block case

he Central Board of Investigation special judge convicted six people including Gupta, two former coal officials K.S. Kropha and K.C. Samria, company Vikash Metal and Power Ltd (VMPL), its Managing Director Vikas Patni...

Sakshi Chaturvedi

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Published on 30 Nov 2018 11:28 AM GMT

Six, including Ex-Coal Secretary convicted in coal block case
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New Delhi: A Delhi Court held former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta and five others guilty in a coal block allocation case and ordered them to be taken into custody. The quantum of punishment will be heard on Monday.

The Central Board of Investigation special judge convicted six people including Gupta, two former coal officials K.S. Kropha and K.C. Samria, company Vikash Metal and Power Ltd (VMPL), its Managing Director Vikas Patni and the authorised signatory Anand Mallick for criminal conspiracy and cheating under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

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"...it is clear that the three accused Ministry of Coal officers Gupta, Kropha and Samria abused their position as public servants," the Central Bureau of Investigation court said.

The court said that all six convicts conspired together to allocate a captive coal block, Moira-Madhujore coal block of West Bengal, in favour of VMPL.

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It is to be mentioned that it was the sixth judgment by the Special CBI Court exclusively dealing with the coal block allocation cases. Over 20 other cases probed by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate are still pending.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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