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Coal scam: Ex-coal secretary withdraws plea to face trial from jail

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar allowed H C Gupta’s plea to withdraw the application in which he had state that he was facing financial constraints and could not manage the advocate’s fees from his pension.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 28, 2016 5:42:35 am
H C Gupta, Coal scam, Coalagte, Kamal Sponge Steel, Power Ltd and other, India news, India Scam news, latest news, Former Coal Secretary H C Gupta withdrew his plea, seeking to take back his bail bond on the ground that he had no money to hire a lawyer and would fight the case from jail. (Representational Image)

Former coal secretary H C Gupta, accused in several coal scam cases, on Saturday took a U-turn in a city court by withdrawing his plea seeking to take back his bail bond on the ground that he had no money to hire a lawyer and would fight the case from jail.

Gupta, in his plea, had sought to withdraw his personal bail bond in a case involving MP-based Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd and others and as a result, his bail would have got cancelled. However, the former bureaucrat today apologised and withdrew his application filed on August 16.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar allowed Gupta’s plea to withdraw the application in which he had submitted that he was facing financial constraints and could not manage the advocate’s fees from his pension.

In his plea, Gupta Saturday said: “A large number of distinguished public servants, including those who retired at the highest levels in their respective services have advised me to follow the normal legal procedure and practices in such cases.”

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