New Delhi: A special court on Wednesday framed charges against former coal secretary HC Gupta and five others in a coal scam case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar put the six on trial for alleged offenses under section 120-B read with 420 , 409 of IPC and under relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.
Besides Gupta, the court framed charges against two senior public servants, KS Kropha and KC Samria, firm Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL), its managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia and chartered accountant Amit Goyal. Kropha was the then Joint Secretary in Ministry of Coal, while Samria was the then Director section in the ministry.
The court has now fixed the matter October 28 for admission/denial of documents by accused, filed in the case by CBI. The court had on October 1 ordered framing of charges against these accused observing that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was kept in the “dark” by Gupta, who had violated the law and the trust imposed on him on the issue of coal block allocation.
The accused were earlier granted bail by the court. CBI had lodged an FIR against KSSPL, its officials and other unknown persons for alleged misrepresentation of facts, including inflated net worth, to acquire the coal block.