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March 28 coal charge deadline

New Delhi, March 10: The CBI today filed its first chargesheet in the coal-block controversy, accusing Navabharat Power Pvt Ltd and its two directors of making “fraudulent” claims to bag allocations between 2006 and 2009.

The company and its directors, P. Trivikrama Prasad and Y. Harish Chandra Prasad, have been charged with cheating and conspiracy in the chargesheet, filed in a CBI court.

A Supreme Court bench today gave the CBI time till March 28 to file the remaining five chargesheets in the case, rejecting its plea for four weeks’ time.

The bench of Justices R.M. Lodha, Madan B. Lokur and Kurien Joseph also sought the agency’s response to an income-tax department plea for permission to inspect documents seized by the CBI from the premises of Aditya Birla Group company Hindalco.

The plea said the CBI was holding the documents back because of an earlier apex court directive asking the agency not to share information with any other government agency without its permission.

The CBI had begun the investigations in 2012 after two public interest litigations alleged large-scale illegal allocation of coal blocks in the country between 1993 and 2010.

One of its FIRs had named Navabharat, its two directors and unknown officials of the Union coal ministry and the Jharkhand government.