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CBI books Bharat Coking Coal officials

Photo: Facebook/@BCCLofficial

Photo: Facebook/@BCCLofficial  

The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against senior officials of the Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) for allegedly siphoning off ₹22.16 crore through illegal payments routed via a Dhanbad-based firm.

The accused BCCL officials were then posted in the Bastacolla area. They have been identified as General Manager P.K. Dubey, Additional General Manager A.K. Jha, Area Survey Officer M.K. Singh, Project Officer B.K. Jha, Colliery Managers N.C. Ghosh and Arun Kumar, Colliery Surveyor Lalan Kumar Singh, and AT-Libra BPL (JV) represented by Rahul Singh.

The agency has alleged that during 2015-18, the accused officials conspired with Mr. Rahul Singh to cheat the BCCL by showing extra removal of earth in open-cast mines to the tune of 35.30 lakh cubic metres by making false entries in the measurement books. An alleged illegal payment of ₹22.16 crore was made for it to AT-Libra BPL.

The company was given a work order in 2012 by the BCCL for removal of coal and overburden (layer of earth) for a period of 72 months. It allegedly submitted inflated monthly bills showing excess removal, which were cleared by the accused officials.

“The monthly running bills were paid after deducting the previous progressive figure of excavated volume from subsequent progressive figure. AT-Libra (JV) was given extension for additional 625 days for completion of ongoing contractual work," the FIR alleged.

It was during a surprise check using 3-D laser scanning machines in March last year that the CBI found the accused officials had in their measurement books showed excess removal of overburden to the tune of 35.30 lakh cubic metre by making false entries.

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