On Wednesday A Delhi court sentenced a case against three bureaucrats regarding coal block allocation scam in West Bengal which happened during the previous UPA regime at the center. The person who was involved in the coal scam case were former coal secretary S.C.Gupta from December 2005 to December 2008 and other two bureaucrats K S Kropha and KC Samaria. The three bureaucrats were also fined Rs. 50,000 each. Special judge also sentenced other convicted person Vikas Patni, MD of Vikas Power and Metal Limited (VMPL) and its authorized signatory Anand Mallick to 4 years jail term. The court has fined Rs. 25 lakh on Vikas Patni and 2 lakh on Anand Mallick. And 1 lakh rupees was fined to Vikas Power and Metal Limited. The case related to irregularities in the allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North to South) coal blocks in West Bengal. In 2012 CBI registered an FIR regarding the case.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had sought a maximum of seven-year imprisonment for the five convicted person and imposition of a heavy fine on the private firm. The offences for which they had been charged entail a minimum punishment of one year in jail, going up to the maximum of seven years.
On November 30th, the court has convicted S.C.Gupta, former joint secretary in the ministry of Coal Kropha and then the director (CA-I ) in the ministry Samaria.
All the convicted person had been held guilty for the offences under the prevention of the Corruption Act and IPC including cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal misconduct. The CBI has filed charged sheet in connection with alleged irregularities in 40 cases of coal block allocations during the UPA-1 and UPA-2 regime.
In the present case the court, had on August 19, 2016, framed charges, including cheating and criminal conspiracy against Gupta, the two public servants, the firm and its two officials.