New Delhi, May 22: Former coal secretary HC Gupta and two other officials got two years in jail as a special CBI court pronounced their quantum of punishment. The other two officials are the then joint secretary KS Kropha and then director KC Samaria. They were already convicted for an offence in a case related to the Coal Scam. The big question is, what was the case about? Also Read - Sonia Gandhi Sets Up Panel on Economic, Foreign Affairs & National Security; Manmohan Singh Part of All 3
The case was one among many cases related to the Coal Scam. This case is related to the irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in MP tp a steel company named Kamal Sponger Steel Power Ltd (KSSPL). An FIR had been filed in October 2012 in the matter. The CBI on March 2014 filed a closure report, which the court rejected. Also Read - 'India Feels The Absence...', Rahul Gandhi Launches Veiled Attack on PM Modi on Manmohan Singh's Birthday
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According to reports, the CBI court observed that former prime minister Manmohan Singh was given a dishonest misrepresentation of facts by the three officers. The court had observed that an incomplete application had been submitted and hence it should have been rejected. The court had observed that none of the officers told the prime minister that the application was incomplete.
What is coal allocation scam
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India had accused the Indian Government of allocating coal blocks arbitrarily during the period of 2004 and 2009. The opposition had lodged a complaint in 2012 on whether the allocation of coal blocks was influenced by graft. The CAG report had said that in the absence of a proper auctioning, the government allocated the blocks without it. The report implied that public sector and private enterprises paid lesser money than they would have in case of competitive bidding. The CAG first pegged the loss to the exchequer to be Rs 10 lakh crore. Later, it revised the amount to be Rs 1.86 lakh crore. A number of cases had been filed in the coal scam.