A day after a special court awarded two-year imprisonment each to former Coal Secretary H C Gupta and two serving senior officials for irregularities in the allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh to a private firm, Twitterati today are trending #ManmohonestSingh to celebrate the verdict which has come as a big relief to the ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was earlier believed to be involved in the scam.
The special court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on MP-based Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL), which was the beneficiary of the allocation of Thesgora-B/Rudrapuri coal block in the state. Besides, director of the firm Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia was awarded a three-year jail term for misrepresenting facts in its application before the Ministry of Coal (MOC), which was then headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The court observed that the officials had entered into a “criminal conspiracy” with the company and Ahluwalia to commit “criminal misconduct”, according to PTI. The court found that Gupta had made “dishonest misrepresentation” before Singh. As Singh had to act upon the recommendation of the Screening Committee headed by Gupta, he couldn’t have presumed that a non-compliant firm was recommended to him for the allocation.
Here’s how some of the Twitter users reacted to special court order:
— AH Siddiqui (@anwar0262) May 23, 2017
— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) May 23, 2017
— seema (@seemaadhikari) May 23, 2017
— Shalini Singh (@shaliniscribe) May 23, 2017
— Vinay Kumar Dokania (@vinaydokania) May 23, 2017
In October 2012, CBI had filed a FIR in the case but submitted a closure report in March 2014. In October 2014, the court had rejected the closure report and summoned Gupta along with other accused. The accused can now approach the High Court to prove themselves not guilty.