Sun, Feb 26, 2017 | updated 03:32 PM IST

Coal Scam: Special CBI court reserves order against former coal secy HC Gupta

Updated: Jan 06, 2017 19:29 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 6 (ANI): A special court here has reserved for February 7 its order in a coal scam case against former coal secretary H C Gupta and five others relating to alleged irregularities in allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh to an accused firm.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar reserved its verdict after CBI and the accused, including Gupta, two senior government officials, K S Kropha and K C Samria, firm Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL), its managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia and chartered accountant Amit Goyal, concluded their arguments.

Kropha was the then joint secretary in the Ministry of Coal, while Samria was the then director (coal allocation-I) section in the ministry. This is the first coal scam case involving any public servant in which the court has reserved its order.

The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to KSSPL.

During the hearing in the case, CBI had alleged that the application filed by KSSPL for the coal block was incomplete and was supposed to be rejected by the Ministry of Coal as it was not in accordance with the guidelines issued.

CBI had charged that the firm had misrepresented about its net worth and existing capacity, adding that state government had also not recommended the firm for the allocation of any coal block.

The accused, however, denied the allegations during the arguments.

The court had in October last year framed charges against the accused observing that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was kept in the "dark" by Gupta, who had prima facie violated the law and the trust reposed on him on the issue of coal block allocation.

Around eight different charge sheets have been filed against Gupta and proceedings are going on individually. The Supreme Court had recently dismissed his plea seeking joint trial in all these cases. (ANI)

Thane (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): The Indian Army has launched an internal inquiry into the recruitment exam paper leak after the Thane city police nabbed 18 people in connection with the case.

Full Story >>

Rajkot [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Sunday claimed to have successfully foiled an attack by two brothers who are alleged ISIS operatives.

Full Story >>

Kasaragod [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): A youth from Kerala, believed to have joined the ISIS has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Dubbing former home minister P. Chidambaram's comments on the Kashmir situation as politically motivated, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged the Congress Party to make its stand clear on the former's remark.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Lauding the farmers for their contribution to this year's food grain production, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today claimed that agriculture is vital to the Indian economy's growth.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed on the importance of technology and stated that the Indian economy has witnessed a shift to digital transactions.

Full Story >>

Diary scam: BJP MP demands CBI probe

Updated: Feb 26, 2017 13:41 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP P.C. Mohan has written a letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) demanding a probe against Congress MLC K. Govindaraju in connection with an alleged Rs. 1000 crore diary scam.

Full Story >>

Gujarat: Two ISIS operatives arrested

Updated: Feb 26, 2017 12:37 IST

Ahmedabad [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): The Gujarat Anti Terror Squad (ATS) has arrested two brothers from the state for their alleged involvement in activities related to the terror group ISIS.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday heaped praises the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists for creating a world record by sending 104 satellites into the space orbit.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 26 (ANI): Lauding India's successful progress in the field of defence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that inculcation of the Ballistic Interceptor Missile is a cutting edge technology in the arena of security.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his 29th edition of Mann Ki Baat, touched on a range of issues from India's historic launch of a record 104 satellites on a single rocket to the Indian team's incredible victory in the Blind T20 Cricket World Cup.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): The National Investigative Agency (NIA) will soon file a closure report in connection with a case relating to the two youth from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), who were suspected to have helped the terrorists carry out the deadly attack in an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector last year.

Full Story >>

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Responding to the FIR lodged against him for violating the poll code, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Uttar Pradesh Chief Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday defended himself saying that he simply 'forgot' to take off the party symbol from his coat before casting the polls.

Full Story >>

Thane (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Thane City Police has nabbed18 persons from Goa and Nagpur in connection with an Army exam question paper that was leaked prior to an Army exam.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Despite the Enforcement Directorate having expressed its desire to not conduct proceedings via video conferencing or e-mail, controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik haS sought a questionnaire from the agency, fearing his arrest if he lands in India.

Full Story >>

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): A fire broke out in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram city in the early hours of Sunday, after a pile of garbage was set on fire by locals, thus revealing the apathy of the local administrative bodies.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): The Election Commission of India has once again called on the political parties contesting elections, to refrain from using religion as election propaganda to garner support, stating that this will fuel communal disharmony.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Dr. K. Ramamurthy, who was freed after being captured in Libya by the ISIS two years ago, said here after his release that the dreaded terrorist organisation is very much "interested" in India and wants its ideology to be spread in the country.

Full Story >>

Coimbatore [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): The two main accused- Sunil Kumar and Vigeesh- in the abduction and assault of a Malayalam actress were brought to Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu early in the morning for evidence collection.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be sharing his thoughts on a number of issues in the 29th edition of his radio programme 'Mann ki Baat' today.

Full Story >>