In a major decision, a Delhi court held ex-coal secretary HC Gupta guilty of the offences of corruption and criminal conspiracy in a coal scam case.
The case pertains to allotment of coal blocks in West Bengal.
The court has held private firm Vikash Metals and Power Limited (VMPL), ex-joint secretary in the Ministry of Coal (MoC) KS Kropha, who is still in service and then director (CA-I) in MoC KC Samria in the case also guilty in the case.
It emerged that Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar ruled in the case.
The case pertains to alleged irregularities in allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal to VMPL.
It was said that back in September 2012, the CBI had registered an FIR in the case.
As soon as the verdict was announced, all the five convicted persons were taken into custody by the court which fixed December 3 for hearing arguments on the quantum of punishment.
It had put on trial all the accused in the case in which the CBI’s closure report was earlier rejected by the court, asking the probe agency to further investigate the matter.>