A special court today framed charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy against former Coal Secretary H C Gupta and five others in a coal block case.
The court also framed charges against ex-joint secretary in Ministry of Coal (MoC) KS Kropha and the Director (CA-I) in MoC, KC Samria. Charges also framed against Vikash Metals and Power Ltd and its two officials.
Ex-coal secretary had earlier told a special court on August 16 that he intended to “face trial from inside the jail” and withdraw his personal bond to secure bail due to financial difficulties.
Charges are framed against all the accused for the offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and for the offences under sections 120-B, 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants), 420 (cheating) of IPC and under sections 13(1)(c) and 13(1)(d) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC Act
All these accused did not plead guilty to the charge framed against them and claimed trial after which the court fixed 9 September to commence the trial
The particular case in question pertains to allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal to VMPL in 2012, the CBI had registered an FIR in the case..