A special court on Wednesday concluded recording of statements of accused in a coal block allocation scam case in which firm Rathi Steel and Power Limited (RSPL) and its three officials are facing trial.
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar has now fixed the case for January 13 next year for recording of defence evidence in the matter.
During the recording of statements of the accused, the court asked 98 questions each from the firm RSPL and its three top officials – Managing Director Pradeep Rathi, Chief Executive Officer Udit Rathi and AGM Kushal Aggarwal.
The court had earlier framed charges against RSPL and its three officials for the alleged offence of criminal conspiracy read with cheating under the IPC.
While framing charges against them, the court had observed that they had conspired and furnished wrong information to get coal block and misappropriated nationalised natural resources.
The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Kesla North coal block in Chhattisgarh to RSPL. All the accused have denied the allegations levelled against them by CBI.
The three accused were earlier granted bail after they had appeared before the court pursuant to the summons issued against them.
CBI had chargesheeted RSPL and Udit Rathi only as an accused for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy and cheating.
After considering the charge sheet, the court had issued summons to all the four accused, including Pradeep Rathi and Kushal Aggarwal.
It had noted that these officials had appeared before the screening committee to make a representation and had submitted a feedback form on February 7, 2008 on behalf of RSPL.
CBI had lodged an FIR against RSPL, its directors, Udit Rathi and members of the 36th screening committee and other unnamed persons for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy and cheating of IPC and under Prevention of Corruption Act.
A charge sheet was later filed against RSPL and Udit Rathi only. Regarding other directors of RSPL or members of the 36th screening committee, CBI had said allegations against them could not be substantiated during the probe.
( Source – PTI )