Coal allocation scam: Court grants bail to Jindal & others

NEW DELHI: The Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Monday granted bail to industrialist and Congress leader Naveen Jindal and 14 others, in connection with the allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.

Apart from Jindal, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd’s then adviser Anand Goel, Mumbai’s Essar Power Ltd’s Executive Vice-Chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo, Nihar Stocks Ltd’s Director BSN Suryanarayan, Mumbai-based KE International’s Chief Financial Officer Rajeev Aggarwal and Gurgaon-based Green Infra’s Vice-President Siddharth Madra has also been granted the bail.

Those arrayed as accused also include K Ramakrishna Prasad, Rajiv Jain and Gyan Swaroop Garg. In August, the court had summoned the 15 persons in connection with the case. In April 2016, the court ordered the framing of charges against Jindal.

The Enforcement Directorate was the probe agency which filed a case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the Congressmen.

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