Bribery abet­ment charge against Jin­dal in coal case

As­sets worth 101cr of Maha co seized

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - NEWS NET­WORK

TIMES New Delhi: A spe­cial CBI court on Fri­day or­dered fram­ing of an ad­di­tional abet­ment of bribery charge against Con­gress MP and in­dus­tri­al­ist Naveen Jin­dal in con­nec­tion with a case of al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the al­lo­ca­tion of a coal block in Jhark­hand.

Spe­cial judge Bharat Parashar will for­mally frame the charge on Au­gust16 in the case, which per­tains to al­lo­ca­tion of the Amarkonda Mur­gadan­gal coal block to Jin­dal Steel and Power Lim­ited (JSPL) and Ga­gan Sponge Iron Pri­vate Ltd (GSIPL) in 2008.

On April 29, 2016, the spe­cial court had or­dered fram­ing of charges against Jin­dal, for­mer Jhark­hand CM Madhu Koda, for­mer min­is­ter of state in the min­istry of coal Dasari Narayana Rao, for­mer coal sec­re­tary HC Gupta and 11 oth­ers for al­leged of­fences of crim­i­nal con­spir­acy, cheat­ing and crim­i­nal breach of trust un­der the IPC, and un­der sec­tions of Pre­ven­tion of Cor­rup­tion (PC) Act in the case.

How­ever, the charge un­der The

ED on Fri­day at­tached as­sets worth Rs 101crore of a Ma­ha­rash­tra-based com­pany in con­nec­tion with its money laun­der­ing probe in a coal scam case. It is­sued a pro­vi­sional or­der for at­tach­ment of an of­fice building worth Rs 80 crore in the in­te­grated steel plant of Jayaswal Neco In­dus­tries Lim­ited in Raipur in Ch­hat­tis­garh and land worth Rs 21crore in Bi­laspur district. Sec­tion 12 [pun­ish­ment for abet­ment of of­fences de­fined in Sec­tion 7 (pub­lic ser­vant tak­ing grat­i­fi­ca­tion) or 11(pub­lic ser­vant ob­tain­ing valu­able things, with­out con­sid­er­a­tion, from per­son con­cerned in pro­ceed­ing or busi­ness trans­acted by such pub­lic ser­vant)] of the PC Act was not framed then.

Naveen Jin­dal, 14 oth­ers chargesheeted

The ED on Fri­day filed its chargesheet against Jin­dal, and 14 oth­ers, for al­leged money laun­der­ing over ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in al­lo­ca­tion of a Jhark­hand coal block. The ED has al­leged that JSPL along with oth­ers in­flu­enced the screen­ing panel to al­lot the block by of­fer­ing pay­off of over Rs 2 crore.

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