Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Congress' Naveen Jindal summoned over coal scam probe

Congress' Naveen Jindal summoned over coal scam probe

Industrialist Naveen Jindal has been summoned as an accused by a special court, looking into allocation of coal blocks in Madhya Pradesh.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar took cognizance of the charge sheet filed today by CBI in the case pertaining to allocation of the Urtan North coal block and said that "prima facie", the offences of "cheating" and "criminal conspiracy" were made out against the accused warranting their summoning. The four individuals, besides Jindal, accused in the case are JSPL's adviser Anand Goel, executive director of raw materials, D.N. Abrol, the then executive vice-chairman and CEO Vikrant Gujaral, and former director (finance) Sushil Maroo.

Ten more coal scam cases are pending against Gupta and the proceedings are going on separately.

More time was also sought by the CBI to examine the evidences and also to seek necessary approvals since another director has assumed charge of the CBI.

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According to CBI, hard disks and letters were sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory. The re-investigation was sought by the two leaders after they were not satisfied with the closure report. The Supreme Court had earlier asked them for their final submission in the case.

The coal allocation scam goes back to 1993 when the Centre had allocated coal blocks to private companies for the period 1993-2010.

It was on the complaint filed by Javadekar and Ahir in 2012 that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) ordered a CBI probe into the matter.

Alleging that the accused had cheated the ministry of coal and got a "wrongful gain and pecuniary advantage", the CBI said that Jindal and other officials of JSPL had appeared before the screening committee on December 8, 2007, and made the presentation and submitted the latest status of the end-use plant in the feedback form under the signature of Abrol.

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