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Updated: May 8, 2014 02:17 IST

Coal scam: Court summons Darda, three others as accused

Akanksha Jain
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Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda.
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Congress Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda.

A Special CBI court Wednesday summoned Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda and two others as accused while taking cognizance of a charge sheet filed against them by CBI in the coal blocks allocation scam.

Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain summoned the Dardas, Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd and its Director Manoj Jayaswal for May 23.

The CBI has charge sheeted them for cheating, criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act for fraudulently acquiring coal blocks and giving incorrect information for allocation of fresh coal blocks.

Meanwhile, the CBI has sought time to respond to a plea filed by AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd seeking that the court monitor the CBI probe and also to put on record certain relevant documents allegedly concealed by the probe agency with mala fide intention.

The CBI, in its FIR lodged earlier, had arraigned AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, its directors Arvind Kumar Jayaswal, Manoj Jayaswal, Ramesh Jayaswal and Devendra Darda, son of Vijay Darda, along with unnamed officials of the Coal Ministry and other unidentified persons as accused in the case.

The CBI said AMR Iron in its application form for allocation of coal blocks, had “fraudulently” concealed the fact that its group companies had previously been allocated five coal blocks.

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