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Coal Scam Case - Court Dismisses Plea for Joint Trial of 2 Coal Cases

Coal News - Published on Wed, 09 Oct 2019

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ET reported that a special court rejected an application of a company, facing prosecution in cases pertaining to alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks, seeking joint trial in two cases filed by the CBI and the ED. Imposing a cost of INR 1 lakh on the firm, Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar dismissed the plea by AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, whose director Manoj Kumar Jayaswal is also accused in the cases. The plea said that after the perusal of complaint filed by Enforcement Directorate, it is found that the allegations levelled in the complaint are similar to the one levelled in the charge-sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Two cases are closely knit and related to each other as common witnesses and common documents have been relied upon in both the cases.

The plea said that a bare perusal of the complaint filed by the ED shows that the same is based on the CBI case only and thus as both the cases are pending disposal before this Court, so a separate trial in the two cases will cause great prejudice to the accused persons.

The judge, however, said that "I find that the present application is completely devoid of any merits and is clearly an attempt to simply stall and delay the proceedings. I accordingly dismiss the present application with an exemplary cost of Rs 1,00,000 to be deposited by accused/applicant company AMR Iron & Steel Pvt. Ltd with the New Delhi Bar Association towards their library fund."

The court also noted that order on charge in the CBI case has been passed while on the other hand, arguments on charge are yet to be heard in the case filed by ED and thus the stage of the two cases is different.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 09 Oct 2019
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