Coal scam: court summons ex-coal secy on corruption charges

A special court on Monday summoned former coal secretary, two other government officials and the directors of the Madhya Pradesh-based firm Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Limited (KSPL) to answer charges of corruption, cheating and conspiracy in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam.

While rejecting the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) closure report in the FIR against KPSL, special judge Bharat Parashar summoned HC Gupta, KSPL’s managing director Pavan Ahluwalia and senior official Amit Goyal to appear before his court on October 31.

He further converted the closure report into a charge sheet and took cognisance of allegations of criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust by public servant under the Indian Penal Code and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act levelled against Gupta and his co-accused.

“I am taking cognisance for the offences under sections 120B, 420 and 409 of the IPC and also under sections 13(1)(d) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. I am summoning the accused,” the judge said, adding that a separate order will follow.

The investigating officer was directed to serve the summons on all accused before the next date of hearing, and to provide them with a complete set of the documents relied on by the premier agency in their investigation against KPSL, Gupta and others.

The court passed the order while hearing the CBI’s closure report alleging that KSPL, its directors, Pavan, Kamaljeet Ahluwalia, Prashant Ahluwalia, Amit and some unknown government servants had misrepresenting facts pertaining to the company, including inflated net worth, to acquire coal blocks.

Meanwhile, the court adjourned till October 21 hearing the closure report in the case against Hindalco and its directors because the prosecutor was unavailable on Monday. ?