Coal scam case: Delhi court convicts ex-coal secy H C Gupta, three others

In the second major verdict on the set of cases from the coal allocation scam of 2012, a court here has convicted former Union coal secretary H C Gupta, a then joint secretary, K S Kropha, and then director, K C Samaria, of the same ministry.It also convicted KSSPL and the entity’s managing director, Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia. The sentences would be given on Monday.Last year in April, a four-year jail term was given to R C Rungta, chairman, and R S Rungta, director, of Jharkhand Ispat Pvt Ltd, plus a fine of Rs 5 lakh each, for deceiving and defrauding the government to get a coal block allocation. A fine of Rs 25 lakh was also imposed on the company.Friday’s verdict was on irregularity in allocation ofthe Thesgora-B Rudrapuri block in Madhya Pradesh to KSSPL. The court said the company’s application for the block was incomplete “This was supposed to be rejected by the ministry as it was not in accordance with the guidelines issued,” it observed.As for KSSPL, the Central Bureau of …

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