Aug 19: A special Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) on Friday filed charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating against former Coal Secretary HC Gupta and five others including two public servants, private firm Vikash Metals and Power Ltd and its two officials in a coal blocks allocation scam. The case is regarding alleged irregularities in allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal to VMPL. Special Judge Bharat Parashar put on trial all the accused in the case. Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Places Across 3 States In Connection With Illegal Coal Trade

Senior bureaucrats held a two-hour meeting as Gupta refused to take any legal aid in the matter. After a meeting of at least 60 officers, it was decided that the officer would be helped in the case. The IAS association is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss the issue. (ALSO READ- Coal scam: Delhi High Court seeks CBI reply on RSPL officials’ plea) Also Read - Babri Masjid Demolition Verdict: VHP Says ‘Victory of Truth’, Muslim Body to Challenge it in High Court | Key Points

Gupta who is an accused in several coal scam cases is presently out on bail. He told the court on Tuesday that he will not hire a lawyer due to limited financial means. He also filed a petition saying he wanted to face trial from inside the jail. He said that didn’t wish to examine any witness in his defence. His application is pending before the court. Also Read - Babri Masjid Demolition Case: Verdict on September 30; All Accused Including Advani, Joshi Asked to Be Present in Court