New Delhi, Nov 10 :  High-profile persons, including politician Vijay Darda and bureaucrat H C Gupta, were today put on trial by a special court in a coal scam case by framing charges of cheating and criminal breach of trust but gave relief to JMM chief Shibu Soren by dismissing a plea to make him an accused. Charges were also framed against five others– two senior officials K S Kropha and K C Samria– private firm JLD Yavatmal Pvt Ltd, its Director Manoj Kumar Jayaswal and Darda’s son Devendra after they pleaded not guilty and claimed trial in the case relating to alleged irregularities in the allocation of a Chhattisgarh coal block. Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Places Across 3 States In Connection With Illegal Coal Trade

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar dismissed with a cost of Rs one lakh the firm’s plea to summon former Coal Minister Shibu Soren and then Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayana Rao, as additional accused in the case. The court directed the firm to deposit the amount with Delhi Legal Service Authority and junked the plea which cited a book written by former Coal Secretary P C Parekh, that he had apprised Soren and Rao that the existing system of coal block allocation was discriminatory, but both politicians had over-ruled his concerns. It fixed the main case for December 16 for admission and denial of documents. Also Read - Coal Scam: Former Union Coal Secretary HC Gupta, Four Others Convicted, Found Guilty of Criminal Conspiracy, Corruption

It said prima facie charges for the alleged offences under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) read with sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 420 (cheating) of IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act are made out against the accused. The court passed the order in the case pertaining to the allocation of Fatehpur (East) coal block in Chhattisgarh to the accused firm in which it had earlier rejected CBI’s closure report. CBI prosecutors V K Sharma and A P Singh had sought framing of charges against the accused saying the offences were made out against them. The six accused persons were granted bail by the court on August 20 last year after they appeared before it in pursuance to summons issued to them earlier. Also Read - Congress Demands Independent Probe Into Coal Scam Involving 'Modi's Friend' Adani