The case pertained to the irregular allocation of coal blocks in the Rajhara region in Jharkhand to the Kolkata based private company Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd.
The CBI’s decision to go after NDTV and its founders – while ignoring cases against the Adanis, Ambanis and other powerful businesses despite serious evidence – doesn’t bode well for the agency.
Naveen Jindal and others have been summoned to a special CBI court on September 4 for alleged cheating and criminal conspiracy in a coal scam case.
The court will pronounce the order on quantum of sentence on May 22.
Former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has been booked for allegedly trying to influence the coal scam probe while in office.
The court also asked why senior officer R K Dutta, who was supervising the 2G and coal scam cases, was shifted out.
The case of Harish Gupta, a retired IAS officer, reveals how corrupt practices have led to the dramatic breakdown of confidence and trust in the state.
While all the powerful businessmen and politicians have escaped the CBI dragnet, a man like H.C. Gupta – whom everyone unhesitatingly certifies to be “the most honest officer” of his generation – has to go through the ordeal of a trial.
The government’s refusal to hand over relevant documents to the special investigation team shows its intent, says lawyer Prashant Bhushan.
The apex court-appointed panel is investigating alleged scuttling of probe into the coal block allocation scam by Ranjit Sinha.
The constitution bars him from accepting government office but experts say legality hinges on terms of appointment and statutory status of new banking board.