New Delhi: Former Union Coal Secretary HC Gupta and four others were convicted by a Delhi court in alleged irregularities in the coal block allocation case in West Bengal. They were immediately taken into custody. The court has fixed December 3 as date for arguments on quantum of sentence. The convicts may get a maximum seven-year jail term.Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Places Across 3 States In Connection With Illegal Coal Trade
Besides Gupta, Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar also convicted private firm Vikash Metals and Power Limited, one serving and one retired public servant, ex-joint secretary in Ministry of Coal (MoC) KS Kropha and the then director (CA-I) in MoC, KC Samria, in the case. The court also convicted the firm’s managing director Vikash Patni and its authorised signatory Anand Mallick in the case. Also Read - Former Coal Secretary HC Gupta Awarded Three Years Imprisonment
All the five persons were found guilty of corruption and criminal conspiracy under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act. Also Read - Congress Demands Independent Probe Into Coal Scam Involving 'Modi's Friend' Adani
The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal to VMPL. In September 2012, the CBI had registered an FIR in the case.
(Inputs from PTI)