Industrialist Naveen Jindal questioned by CBI for 5 hours in coal block allocation scam case

Former Congress lawmaker and industrialist Naveen Jindal was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday in the ongoing investigation in the coal block allocation scam case.

NEW DELHI: Former Congress lawmaker and industrialist Naveen Jindal was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday in the ongoing investigation in the coal block allocation scam case.

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Confirming the development, sources in the central probing agency said that Jindal came to CBI headquarters in Delhi for the questioning.

Jindal was questioned for four to five hours on charges of bribery and over irregularities in allocation of coal blocks.

He’s likely to be called again for the questioning, added the source.

Besides Jindal, the case also involves former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda.

A special CBI court had awarded a three-year jail term to former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda but the Delhi High Court later stayed it.

The CBI has alleged that Koda had favoured Jindal group firms – Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (GSIPL) – in the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.

In March 2017, the central probing agency filed a chargesheet against Jindal but he was later granted interim bail.

This was the 36th FIR filed by the agency in 2014 in connection with its probe into coal blocks allocation.

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The fresh case was registered against Jindal Stripes Limited, Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) and unknown public officials for alleged criminal conspiracy and cheating under the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, they said. Soon after registering the case, the agency carried out searches at four locations in Raigarh and Chhattisgarh.

The case pertains to allocation of Gare Palma IV/1 coal block to Jindal Stripes Limited and JSPL.
“Allegations pertain to irregular mining lease beyond the approved area, excess coal mining, sale of coal, sale of coal fines and rejects, irregular consumption of coal in new extension plants,” the CBI FIR said.
Source: Zee

 

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