Coal block allocation scam: Court to hear arguments on charges from September 8

A special court will begin hearing arguments on framing of charges from September 8 in a coal blocks allocation scam case in which Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, his son and others were named as accused by the CBI.

“I will start hearing the arguments on framing of charges from September 8,” special CBI judge Bharat Parashar, who is exclusively dealing with coal block allocation cases, said.

During the hearing, special public prosecutor R S Cheema informed the court that CBI is likely to file a supplementary charge sheet in the case on September 8.

The special court was hearing the case in which CBI had named in its charge sheet Vijay Darda; his son Devendra Darda; Manoj Jayaswal, director of Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd; and the firm as accused for the offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of the IPC and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

During the hearing, Cheema told the court that the CBI was ready to supply the documents, which were not relied upon by the agency, collected during the probe to the accused.

On court’s query, the investigating officer said they have already supplied the documents seized by them to accused along with the charge sheet. The court had earlier granted bail to the three accused after they had appeared before it in pursuance to the summons issued against them.

Vijay Darda, Devendra, Jayaswal and the firm were named as accused in the charge sheet filed by CBI on March 27 in which it had alleged that they had fraudulently acquired the coal blocks.

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