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Court allows accused to turn approver in a coal scam case

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 17, 2018 Published on July 11, 2016

A special court today allowed an accused chartered accountant to turn approver in a coal scam case involving industrialist Naveen Jindal and others as accused.

A special CBI judge Bharat Parashar allowed the application of Suresh Singhal, an accused in the case, seeking pardon and directed that all facts disclosed by him have to be correct.

“The application of the accused (Singhal) seeking to turn approver is allowed...subject to the condition that all the facts (disclosed by him) has to be correct,” the court said.

The court also asked the CBI to file a report on its further investigation and posted the matter for next hearing on August 10.

Earlier the CBI had given its nod to the special court here to make Singhal an approver in the coal scam case.

Besides Naveen Jindal, former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao, ex—Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and 12 others are also accused in the case pertaining to alleged irregularities in allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and GSIPL in 2008.

The court had reserved its order on Singhal’s plea after the probe agency submitted that as per the investigation conducted so far, the accused is likely to help in the prosecution and the CBI had no objection on his application.

Earlier, the court had allowed the CBI to quiz Singhal and further probe the matter before answering his application.

During the proceedings, the CBI told the court that probe was being conducted in the matter and it had recorded the statement of the accused and recovered certain documents.

The court took strong note of several accused filing “unnecessary applications” before it and asked them to refrain from doing so.

On April 29, the court had ordered framing of charges against the accused for criminal conspiracy, cheating and other offences in Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block allocation scam case. The court however is yet to formally frame charges against them.

Published on July 11, 2016
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