Coal scam Naveen Jindal case: Special court grants bail to five accused

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar on Thursday granted relief to the accused in the case pertaining to the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block.

PTI May 25, 2017 13:20:07 IST
Coal scam Naveen Jindal case: Special court grants bail to five accused

New Delhi: A special court on Thursday granted bail to five accused named by the CBI in its supplementary charge sheet in a coal scam case against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and others.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar on Thursday granted relief to the accused - Jindal Steel's adviser Anand Goel, Gurgaon-based Green Infra's vice-president Siddharth Madra, Nihar Stocks Ltd director BSN Suryanarayan, Mumbai-based KE International's chief financial officer Rajeev Aggarwal and Mumbai's Essar Power Ltd executive vice-chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo.

Coal scam Naveen Jindal case Special court grants bail to five accused

File image of Naveen Jindal. AFP

The case pertains to allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.

The names of these five people were revealed by Suresh Singhal, a chartered accountant, who was earlier chargesheeted by the CBI as accused in the case.

The court had summoned them also as accused after taking cognisance of the supplementary charge sheet filed by the CBI on 24 March.

Besides Jindal, the case also involves former minister of state for coal Dasari Narayan Rao and former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda.

The court had earlier directed the CBI to expeditiously file its further probe report.

CBI had alleged that Koda had favoured Jindal group firms — Jindal Steel and Power Ltd and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd — in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.

All the accused had denied the allegations levelled against them and said there was no evidence to show that there was any conspiracy during the coal block allocation process.

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