Court orders framing of charges against Naveen Jindal in coal block allocation case
A special court on Monday ordered the framing of charges against industrialist Naveen Jindal and four others in a case pertaining to coal block allocation.
Special judge Bharat Parashar ordered the framing of charges under Sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code against Jindal and the others.
Besides Jindal, the charges have been framed against Jindal Steel and Power Limited's former director Sushil Maroo, former deputy managing director Anand Goyal, chief executive officer Vikrant Gujral and the company's authorised signatory D.N. Abrol.
The court was hearing a matter pertaining to the allocation of the Urtan North coal block in Madhya Pradesh.
It has now put up the matter for July 25 for formally framing the charges against the accused.
Jindal is named as an accused along with former minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao and ex-Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda in another case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.
According to the CBI chargesheet in this case, the accused had misrepresented facts in its January 2007 application before the screening committee responsible for recommending coal block allocation, for obtaining the Madhya Pradesh coal block and hence cheated the coal ministry to get wrongful gains. The chargesheet said that in the feedback form, the firm made false claims on two counts -- that it had already acquired 964 acres of land for its Jharkhand-based Patratu project and that it had placed orders for equipment for its Orissa-based Angul project for Rs 4,340 crore.
The ministry had issued the allocation letter to the firm in October 2009.
The probe agency has named 64 people as prosecution witnesses to prove its case besides attaching 60 documents in its chargesheet.