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Ex-coal secretary Gupta summoned as accused in coal scam

A special court on Monday summoned former coal secretary H.C. Gupta, Delhi-based firm Pushp Steels and Mining Pvt. Ltd. and its director Atul Jain as accused for their alleged involvement in a coal block allocation scam case.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar took cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the investigating agency in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in >allocation of a coal block to the accused firm in Chhattisgarh.

The court summoned them as accused for August 3.

Pushp Steels and Mining Pvt Ltd was allotted Brahmapuri coal block in Chhattisgarh on the recommendation by the Screening Committee for its proposed sponge iron end-use project in Durg district.

The agency had alleged that the firm had misrepresented facts while applying for the coal block.

The CBI had alleged that the company got mining lease on the basis of recommendation from the Chhattisgarh government despite having no experience and lacking enough capital required for starting mining operations.

“It was further alleged that the company did not have any experience in steel manufacturing and the net worth of the group companies/firms was around Rs 3.01 crores, which was insignificant,” it had said.


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