New Delhi, Jan 2: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday stayed a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court order awarding three-year jail term and Rs 25 lakh fine on former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda. The high court said the stay on the special court’s order will remain till the next date of hearing – January 22. Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Places Across 3 States In Connection With Illegal Coal Trade
The Delhi High Court has also sought a response from the CBI over Koda’s appeal challenging his conviction and sentencing in the coal scam case. Also Read - Saradha Scam: Kolkata HC to Hear Former IPS Rajeev Kumar's Plea For Protection on July 17
Koda, who was held guilty of corruption and conspiracy in allocation of a Jharkhand-based coal block to Kolkata-based company Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL), also challenged the December 13 and 16, 2017 orders of conviction and sentence respectively, which was admitted by the high court. Also Read - Coal Scam: Former Union Coal Secretary HC Gupta, Four Others Convicted, Found Guilty of Criminal Conspiracy, Corruption
The former chief minister was granted bail by a trial court till January 18.
In his appeal, Koda said the trial court order holding him guilty was bad in law.
The appeal and stay on the fine was opposed by CBI counsel Tarannum Cheema. The agency, however, did not oppose interim bail granted to Koda till January 22.
The high court had on December 22, 2017 stayed a trial court order imposing a fine of Rs 50 lakh on VISUL in the case till the next date of hearing.
(With inputs from PTI)