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Court rejects coal scam closure report

Observing that the investigating officer first “decided the end result and then carried out investigation and prepared the final report”, a Special Court on Monday rejected the CBI plea to close a case of allocating a coal block illegally to Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Limited (KSSPL).



Rejecting the closure report and taking cognisance of the offence, Special Judge Bharat Parashar summoned former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta, MD KSSPL Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia, chartered accountant Amit Goyal, former Joint Secretary of Coal Ministry K.S. Kropha, and former Director, CA-I Section in the Ministry, K.C. Samaria.



Describing the investigation as ‘sketchy’, Mr. Parashar said that, “No investigation worth the name has been carried out… In fact, the report appears to be more of a statement of plea of defence of the accused persons i.e. of M/S KSSPL and its directors and that of the officers of the Ministry of Coal rather than the report of any investigation,” Mr. Parashar further observed.



The court summoned all the accused under IPC Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 420 (cheating).


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