The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wedneday filed a chargesheet before a special court accused leading industrialist and Congress leader Naveen Jindal, former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and 12 others of using corrupt means to procure coal blocks for Jindal Steel Power Limited in 2008.
The chargesheet was filed before special judge Bharat Parashar, who fixed it for consideration on Thursday – the same day that Koda is scheduled to argue on the charges leveled against him in another coal scam case involving blocks allocated to Vini Iron Steel Udyog Limited. In a statement to the press, JSPL said it was “shocked” by the filing of a chargesheet against it. “The said allocation was made to the company on merits,” they added.
Besides Jindal and Koda, the CBI has accused former coal secretary HC Gupta and five firms, including Jindal Steel and Power and Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd for alleged irregularities in the allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to JSPL in 2008. The 15 accused have been chargesheeted for conspiracy and cheating along with corruption. CBI had registered a case against Dasari Narayan Rao, Naveen Jindal and others for alleged cheating, graft and criminal misconduct in the coal block allocation.
It had claimed that the misrepresentation was allegedly done on three counts - land, water supply and previous allocations. Jindal and his companies have denied any wrong doing.