CBI charges Koda, others in Jharkhand coal scam
Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and former chief secretary Ashok Kumar Basu and six other persons were chargesheeted by the CBI on Friday in the highly-publicised coal scam.Updated: Dec 12, 2014 21:57 IST
Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and former chief secretary Ashok Kumar Basu and six other persons were chargesheeted by the CBI on Friday in the highly-publicised coal scam.
Koda, who is contesting the ongoing assembly elections from Majhgaon in Jharkhand, is also facing trial in another case. The Enforcement Directorate has charged him of committing offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in a scam estimated to be worth Rs 3,500 crore.
Besides Koda and Basu, the agency also charge-sheeted former coal secretary HC Gupta and two public servants Basant Kumar Bhattacharya and Bipin Bihari Singh.
The charge sheet was filed before special judge Bharat Parashar.
The charge sheet was filed two months after the court on September 4 returned the CBI’s final report filed in the case, observing that the probe agency had failed to give any
plausible explanation to its queries.
The charge sheet came after the Supreme Court on December 8 allowed the CBI to file charge sheets or closure reports in coal scam cases in which it had earlier restrained the agency from doing so in view of allegations against its then director Ranjit Sinha.
After the public prosecutor told court that sanction to prosecute the public officials was still awaited, it fixed the matter for consideration of the charge sheet on December 22.
Besides the public officials, CBI has accused Kolkata-based company Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd and its directors -- Sanjeev Kumar Tulsyan, Prashant Tulsyan, Vaibhav Tulsyan, Nisha Tulsyan, Vimal Kumar Tulsyan, Nirmala Tulsyan and Hemant Kumar Aggarwal.
Navin Kumar Tulsyan, a chartered accountant, along with unknown officials of ministry of coal and Jharkhand government and others were also named as accused in the FIR.
On September 4, 2012, a CBI team had raided the residence of Vijay Joshi, a close aide of Koda and a co-accused in the Rs 3500 crore money laundering scam.
The team had seized documents related to Vinni Iron and Steel Udyog Limited.
Sources in the CBI said that Vinni Iron and Steel Udyog Limited was formed on September 6, 2004 by Dhanbad-based Tulsiyan brothers and Joshi purchased 100% share of the company in 2008. The company, thereafter, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Jharkhand government for setting up a steel plant in Saraikela-Kharsawa district.
Based on the MoU, the state government had recommended allocation of a coal block to the company at Rajhara colliery in 2008. Barring a few acres of land, the company has virtually no infrastructure and is yet to set up its plant, a CBI official revealed.
First Published: Dec 12, 2014 20:26 IST