Coal scam: Court frames charges against Naveen Jindal, others

Coal scam: Court to pronounce jail term of Rungtas on April 4
Coal scam: Court to pronounce jail term of Rungtas on April 4

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court today framed criminal conspiracy and other charges against industrialist and Congress leader Naveen Jindal for allegedly giving Rs two crore bribe to the then minister of state for coal in 2007 for showing him favour in allotment of a captive coal block.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar framed the charges, also including cheating and criminal breach of trust, against Jindal after he pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

The charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal breach of trust were also framed against other accused, including former coal secretary H C Gupta, after they claimed trial.

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

The court said though there was “prima facie” evidence that then MoS, Coal, Dasari Narayan Rao, took Rs two crore as bribe, no formal charge was being framed considering that he has passed away. (AGENCIES)