Coal ministry’s ex-secy jailed for two years

Prime News, National (New Delhi), May 22:- A Special Court here on Monday sent a former Secretary in the Coal Ministry and other former officials to jail for two years in a case relating to allocation of a Madhya Pradesh coal block to Kamal Sponge company.

CBI Special Judge Bharat Parashar awarded the jail terms to former Secretary H.C. Gupta and two more former officials in the ministry K.S. Kropha and K.C. Samria in the allocation of Thesgora B/Rudrapuri coal block to Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL).

The court also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh against the former officials.

KSSPL’s Managing Director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia was awarded three years jail and slapped with a fine of Rs 30 lakh.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs one crore against the company Kamal Sponge..

The court had on Friday convicted the accused under charges dealing with criminal conspiracy and cheating under the Indian Penal Code and the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had lodged an FIR accusing the company and others of allegedly misrepresenting facts, including inflated net worth, to acquire the coal block. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).


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