Bribery abetment charge against Jindal in coal case
Assets worth 101cr of Maha co seized
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.