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Coal scam case against Jindal: CBI files probe report

Coal scam case against Jindal: CBI files probe report

CBI today filed a report on its further probe in a coal scam case involving Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, ex-Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao, ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta and others.

The report filed before Special Judge Bharat Parashar in a sealed cover included statements of certain persons recorded during the course of further investigation by CBI.

The court put up the report for consideration on September 14, the next date of hearing in the case.

“Investigating Officer has submitted report of further investigation. Statements of certain persons as were recorded during the course of further investigation have also been produced in a sealed cover.

“It has further been submitted that certain documents collected during the course of further investigation are also being filed. Matter be now put up on September 14, 2016, for consideration on report of further investigation,” the court said.

CBI, which filed over 5,000-page documents as part of the report, submitted that it was yet to receive certain papers, including forensic reports, which will be placed before the court later.

The court had earlier allowed CBI’s plea that they needed to probe the case further in light of certain disclosures made by a chartered accountant, Suresh Singhal, who had sought the court’s nod to turn approver.

The court had recently allowed Singhal’s plea for pardon and ordered deletion of his name from the list of accused.

CBI had earlier alleged that ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, also accused in the case, had favoured Jindal group firms — Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Private Ltd (GSIPL) — in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.

CBI had also claimed that the accused had conspired with each other to get the allocation of the coal block in favour of the two Jindal group firms.

Opposing CBI’s contention, all the accused had said there was no evidence which showed that they were in any conspiracy during the coal block allocation process. They had also denied the allegations levelled against them by CBI in its charge sheet.

( Source – PTI )

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