COAL SCAM:FORMER UNION MINISTER SENTENCED WITH 3 YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT

Former Union minister Dilip Ray sentenced to 3-year imprisonment in relation to a coal scam case on Monday.
Earlier this month, a Delhi Court had reserved the order for October 26 after hearing arguments from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as well the convicts. The court directed the convicts to be physically present before it on that date.
Ray was convicted in the case which pertains to irregularities in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block in 1999.

Besides Ray, the former minister of state (coal) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, the CBI had sought life imprisonment for other convicts – two senior officials of the Ministry of Coal at that time, Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, and Castron Technologies Ltd’s (CTL) director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla.

The union minister was convicted under various sections including 409 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which pertains to criminal breach of trust by a public servant.

This was the first conviction in the coal scam.The judge had said that Ray “dishonestly facilitated allocation of the abandoned non-nationalised coal mining area in favour of CTL and that too in violation of the direction of law.”The case pertains to allocation of Brahmadiha coal block in Giridih in Jharkhand to CTL in 1999.

Inputs: Hindustan Times

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