Coal Scam: Madhu Koda to Face Trial


New Delhi: Facing heat on the coal scam, former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda and eight other accused were put on trial by a special court in New Delhi in connection with a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of a coal block.

The Special CBI Judge Bharat Parasar also framed charges against former Jharkhand Chief Secretary A.K. Basu, two public servants — Basant Kumar Bhattacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh — Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL), its director Vaibhav Tulsyan, Koda’s alleged close aide Vijay Joshi and chartered accountant Navin Kumar Tulsyan in the case.

The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North (Central and Eastern) coal block in Jharkhand to VISUL.

All these accused did not plead guilty to the charge framed against them and claimed trial after which the fixed the matter for August 17 for admission/denial of documents by them.