New Delhi: The Delhi court on Wednesday sentenced former Union Coal Secretary HC Gupta to three-years imprisonment in connection with alleged irregularities in the coal block allocation case. However, Gupta was soon granted bail by the court on condition of furnishing personal bond of rupees one lakh and one surety of equal amount.

The court also sentenced Vikas Patni, Managing Director of Vikash Metals and Power Limited, and its authorised signatory Anand Mallick to a four-year jail term. Other bureaucrats — S Kropha and K C Samria – were also awarded three-year imprisonment.

The court has imposed a fine of Rs 1 Lakh to Vikash Metals and Power Limited.

On November 30, a special court had convicted five persons, including former Union Coal Secretary HC Gupta and a firm, Vikas Metal Power Ltd in the case.

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.

The court had held all of them guilty of criminal conspiracy under multiple sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, after which the accused were taken into custody.

The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal to Vikas Metal Power Ltd. Gupta, who is said to have played a major role in the scam, has allegedly cleared at least 40 cases of coal mining rights in the past.