Coal Scam: Special Court frames additional chargesheet against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal

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.

Vyapam Scam: Special court rejects bail plea of Ex chairman of private collage

MADHYA PRADESH: On Friday, Special Court here rejected Bail plea of a Former Chairman of a Private medical college in a Money-Laundering case linked to the alleged vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

Case against Bhandari was registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Special Judge Samaresh Singh remanded accused Vinod Bhandari to judicial custody.

Bhandari was booked on charges of colluding with Madhya Pradesh government officers and the exam mafia responsible for committing irregularities in holding the entrance exams for graduate and post-graduate medical courses during 2012 and 2013, the ED official said.

Bhandari was the Chairman of Indore-based Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences and Medical College (SAIMS) . The agency official said Bhandari was accused of buying properties worth Rs 7 crore with the black money earned in the process.

Bhandari allegedly collected a huge amount, selected ineligible candidates after the entrance examination and granted them admission in his college, the ED alleged.