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Coal Scam Ex. Coal Secretary HC Gupta and others get Jail Punishment

Coal Scam Ex. Coal Secretary HC Gupta and others get Jail Punishment
The CBI had filed an FIR in 2012 against the accused for misrepresentation of facts and presentation of inflated net worth of the company to acquire the coal block but on March 27, 2014, filed a closure report in the case.

However, the special court rejected the closure report on October 13, 2014, and summoned Mr. Gupta and others as accused.

“The investigating officer first decided the end result and then carried out investigation and prepared the final report,” the Special Judge had observed while rejecting the CBI plea

Gupta was the coal secretary from December 31, 2005 to November 2008

The court had on October 14 last year framed charges against them, observing that former prime minister Manmohan Singh was kept in the "dark" by Gupta, who had prima facie violated the law and the trust reposed in him on the issue of coal block allocation.

Ten more coal scam cases are pending against Gupta and the proceedings are going on separately. 

Coal Scam Case relates to irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to Krishnapatnam Security Services Pvt Ltd (KSSPL)

A special CBI court on Monday sentenced former coal secretary HC Gupta to two years in jail in the coal scam case.

Last week, special CBI Judge convicted the coal ministry's then joint secretary K S Kropha and then director K C Samaria besides others in the case.

Kropha was the then joint secretary in the Ministry of Coal, while Samria was the then director (coal allocation-I) in the ministry.

Besides Gupta, Kropha and Samria, the court also convicted the firm KSSPL and its managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia.

The court acquitted chartered accountant Amit Goyal in the case.

One of the reason for jail sentence - for causing loss to the country by allocating a coal block to a private company in an illegal manner.

The three public servants were also fined ₹1 lakh each.

For Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia, managing director of the beneficiary company, Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Limited (KSSPL), special judge awarded three years’ imprisonment and fined ₹30 lakhs. The company also has to cough up ₹1 crore as fine

the court granted bail to all the accused to enable them to file appeals in the Delhi High Court against the conviction and sentence orders as per Section 389 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The provision says that in cases where accused are awarded the sentence of three years or less can be granted bail by the trial court for filing appeal in a high court.

Good Judgement by Court - India needs to reform the law needs to fix minimum punishment of 25 years with Rs. 1 crore fine or extra 10 years jail. 

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