Coal scam case: CBI raids five locations in Kolkata, Bengal Justice Minister’s office in Asansol

Image source: ANI Coal scam case: CBI raids premises of West Bengal justice minister

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  • A CBI team reached the residence of Justice Minister Moloy Ghatak in Asansol
  • A total of six locations were attacked across West Bengal
  • The CBI previously filed indictments in the case against Grace Industries Ltd.

Coal scam case: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids on six locations in West Bengal on Wednesday, in connection with the alleged coal scam case. Raids were also carried out at the residence of Justice Minister Moloy Ghatak in Asansol.

Apart from Asansol, the raids were ongoing at five locations in Kolkata.

On September 20, 2012, the CBI registered a case in the case under Section – 120B r/w 420 IPC r/w 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the 1988 Act on the prevention of corruption.

At the end of the investigation, an indictment was filed by the CBI against Grace Industries Limited and Mukesh Gupta, director of the company in court on October 28, 2014.

On August 10, 2015, the Court took cognizance of the offenses punishable under Article – 120B r/w 409/420 IPC r/w 13(2) r/w 13(1)(c) and (d) of the PC Act, 1988 and substantive offences. As a result, summonses were issued to the defendants to appear before the Court.

During the trial, a total of 34 witnesses were questioned by the prosecution/CBI to prove its case.

According to the CBI, the allegations against convicts M/s Grace Industries Ltd. and Mukesh Gupta during the period between the year 2005 and 2011 in New Delhi, Maharashtra and other places, in pursuit of the common object of the criminal conspiracy hatched with other co-accused persons, namely HC Gupta, KS Kropha and deceived by Ministry of Coal of Government of India into dishonestly and fraudulently inducing Ministry of Coal to allocate “Lohara East Coal Block” located in Maharashtra State in favor of M/s GIL based false information about net worth, capacity, equipment and status of plant supply and facility.

CBI also said that the said company in its application claimed his net worth of Rs 120 crore while his own net worth was Rs 3.3 crore, only the company falsified his existing capacity as 1,20,000 admin third party (TPA) against 30,000 TPA.

In an order dated August 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of India annulled the entire allocation of the coal blocks.

(With ANI entries)

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