Even as the CBI registered a case against Nagpur-based private firm Jayaswal Neco Industries (JNI) Limited in the coal block allocation scam, a Delhi court on Friday granted bail to Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda and controller of JNI Manoj Jayaswal.
Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain granted bail to the accused after defence counsel Vijay Agarwal pointed out that they had not even been arrested during the pendency of the agency’s investigation. The accused were directed to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 2 lakh each and a surety of the like amount.
The CBI had on March 27 filed its charge sheet against Darda, his son, and Jayaswal’s other company AMR alleging that they had conspired together to dishonestly obtain allocation of Bander coal block. So far 20 FIRs have been filed against the firm.
“The facts, circumstances and evidence prime facie disclose that Manoj Jayaswal, in criminal conspiracy with Vijay Darda, Devendra Darda, Managing Director, Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd and AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd (through its director Manoj Jayaswal) have cheated the coal ministry by dishonestly obtaining allocation of Bander coal block,” CBI said in its charge sheet.
“Further in pursuant to the said criminal conspiracy, Manoj Jayaswal had paid an amount of of Rs. 24.6 crores to the company owned by Vijay Darda for exercising personal influence,” it claimed.
Meanwhile, the investigating agency registered a case against JNI Limited and unknown public servants for alleged irregularities including mining of excess coal — 5.6 metric tonne more than the sanctioned quantity — from a Chhattisgarh coal block allocated to it in August 1999.
“The firm’s sanctioned mining limit was 15.6 lakh metric tonnes but between 2007-8 it allegedly extracted 21.2 lakh metric tonnes, thereby 5.6 lakh metric tonnes was mined in excess without obtaining prior permission from the central government,” said a CBI source.
The new FIR in the coal block allocation scam names JNI’s top officials.