November 3, 2015 12:35:30 am
The CBI on Monday told a Special Court that industrialist Naveen Jindal, former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and former Coal Secretary H C Gupta had allegedly conspired with others to get the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block allocated in favour of two Jindal group firms.
Advancing arguments on framing of charges in the case, senior Public Prosecutor V K Sharma said that the Jharkhand government was “manipulated” to favour Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Private Ltd (GSIPL) in the allocation of the coal block.
“The Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block was strictly for the power sector. The applications of the applicant firms were sent to the state of Jharkhand and the administrative ministry, that is, the Ministry of Power. The entire system was manipulated in the Jharkhand government to favour Jindal group firms,” the CBI said.
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Defence counsel for Naveen Jindal and Rao vehemently opposed the CBI’s contention, saying there was no evidence to warrant framing of charges against their clients.
Senior advocate S V Raju, appearing for Naveen Jindal, said that the CBI has not been able to show the links and nature of the alleged criminal conspiracy and there is no evidence to substantiate the allegations levelled by the probe agency.
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