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NEW DELHI: A special court on Friday framed an additional charge of abetment of bribery against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal in a case pertaining to irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block.

A special Central Bureau of Investigation court too had ordered framing of an additional abetment charge on July 14.

Special judge Bharat Parashar framed the charges against the accused after Jindal said he was pleading not guilty and claimed trial.

However, the charge under section 12 (punishment for abetment of offences defined in section 7 (public servant taking gratification) or 11 (public servant obtaining valuable thing, without consideration from person concerned in proceeding or business transacted by such public servant)) of Prevention of Corruption Act was not framed then.

The case pertains to allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached fresh assets worth ₹101 crore of a Maharashtra-based firm in connection with its money laundering probe in the coal scam case, the agency said.


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