Madhu Koda convicted in coal block allocation scam case

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A Special court on Wednesday held former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, former Coal Secretary Harish Chandra Gupta, and others guilty in a coal block allocation scam case.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar held them guilty of criminal conspiracy and corruption charges.

There were a total of nine accused in the case, including private company Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Limited (VISUL), which was allocated a coal block in Rajhara in Jharkhand in an illegal manner, but the court acquitted four of them.

Argument on the quantum of sentence will take place at 2 p.m.on Thursday.

The accused had been charged with criminal conspiracy and cheating under the Indian Penal Code and under two Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The CBI alleged that neither the Jharkhand government nor the Steel Ministry had recommended VISUL’s application for allocation of a coal block, yet the 36th Screening Committee recommended the coal block in Rajhara to the firm.

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