Ranchi, June 2: A CBI court today framed charges against former Bihar road construction minister Iliyas Hussain and 13 others in connection with the bitumen scam of 1994-95.
Confirming the development, CBI lawyer Kapil Munda the charges were framed in the court of special CBI judge N.N. Singh and all those charged were present in the court.
The case came to light in the 1994-95 fiscal when 510MT of bitumen worth Rs 26 lakh was procured from Haldia in West Bengal for delivery to the then executive engineer of road construction department, Mohammed Azma Mud Zama. The delivery never took place. The matter was first probed by the state police, but in 1997, the case was handed over to CBI.
The 13 others against whom charges were framed are Hussainís personal assistant Sahabuddin Beg, director of road construction department Kedar Paswan, two assistants of the same department Mustafa Ahmed and Sobha Singh, besides four officials of Hindustan Petroleum Chemical Limited and five of Pawan Carrier, the agency supposed to transport the bitumen from Haldia.
The case has come to the trial stage during which both prosecution and defence witnesses will be examined and cross-examined.