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CBI Court Convicts Mr Dilip Ray & 5 Others in CTL Coal Blocks Allocation Scam in 1999

Coal News - Published on Wed, 07 Oct 2020

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A special CBI court has convicted Mr Dilip Ray, the then Union Minister of State for Coal in the government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999, for his alleged involvement in the coal block allocation scandal. In his judgment, Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar wrote “It is clear on the face of record that Dilip Ray abused his official position in taking various decisions, and in doing so he not only acted beyond his capacity as minister of a caretaker government but also in contravention of the unambiguous provisions of CMN Act,1973. It is also clear that he so acted with a view to facilitate and obtain allocation of impugned non-nationalised Brahmadiha coal block in favour of CTL. The very relaxation of policy without any logical or legal basis amounts to gross abuse of his powers by the Minister and the decision to allocate the impugned coal block in favour of CTL was also without any public interest and was in fact against public interest. It has been now concluded beyond shadows of all reasonable doubts that all the five accused persons conspired together to procure allocation of a captive coal block in favour of CTL and finally achieved the said object of criminal conspiracy by undertaking various acts of cheating Ministry of Coal, Government of India by various acts constituting the offence of criminal misconduct as defined under PC Act, 1988…”

Mr Ray was convicted along with five others, Castron director Mr Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla, then additional secretary Coal and chairman of 14th Screening Committee Mr Pradip Kumar Banerjee and then Coal Ministry adviser projects Mr Nitya Nand Gautam. The court held them guilty under IPC Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and Section 13 (1) (c) and 13 (1) (d) Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The court also held CTL, Agarwalla and CML guilty for the offence under IPC Section 379 (theft) and 34 (common intention).

The case pertains to allocation of Brahmadiha coal block in Giridih in Jharkhand, to Castron Technologies Ltd in 1999. As per CBI’s case, a criminal conspiracy was hatched by private parties and public servants involved in the process of allocation of Brahmadiha coal block, which was “not an identified captive coal block to be allocated to private parties, so even the screening committee was not competent to consider its allocation to any company much less to CTL

The court will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence on October 14.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 07 Oct 2020
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