Coal scam: Accused seeks joint trial of three separate cases

NEW DELHI : A businessman, facing prosecution in three separate coal block allocation scam cases, has approached a special court seeking joint trial in all of them saying the FIRs were “closely knitted” and the alleged offences pertained to same transaction.
Businessman Manoj Kumar Jayaswal is accused in three cases pertaining to the alleged irregularities in allocation of coal blocks to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, JLD Yavatmal Energy Pvt Ltd and JAS Infrastructure and Power Ltd, which is now known as Jas Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd (JICPL).
In the AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd case, former Minister of State for Coal Santosh Bagrodia, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda are also accused along with him.
The Dardas are also accused with him in JLD Yavatmal’s case while ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta is facing prosecution in all these three cases.
Another application has also been filed in the court by AMR in which the firm has sought summoning of two government servants, Ashish Gupta and V S Rana, as additional accused in its case.
Gupta was posted as a director in the Prime Minister’s Office during 2006 and 2009 while Rana was a Deputy Secretary in the Home Ministry last year.
Seeking summoning of Gupta and Rana as additional accused in the case, the firm alleged that “grave suspicion exists” against them and there was sufficient material on record to proceed against them in the matter. (AGENCIES)


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