October 26, 2020
Former Union Minister and Ex-BJD Mp Dilip Ray and others were sentenced to three-year imprisonment in a coal scam scandal in 1999. Earlier the Delhi court reserved the order for 26th October after hearing arguments from the Central Bureau of Investigation. The case concerned the allocation of the Brahmadiha coal block in Giridih in Jharkhand to CTL in 1999.
Dilip Ray, now convicted under various sections including 409 of the IPC which concerns to a criminal violation of trust by a public servant. Even in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government, the CBI solicited life imprisonment for other convicts two senior officials of the Ministry of Coal at that time- Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam.
Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla and Castron Technologies Ltd’s (CTL) also held sentenced for the offence under 379- Punishment for theft and 34- Common intention of the Indian Penal Code.
The case concerns the allocation of 105.153 hectares of non-nationalised and deserted coal mining area in Jharkhand’s Giridih district in favour of Castron Technologies Limited by 14th Screening Committee of the Ministry of Coal in 1999. The court then held them as guilty of the offence under 120-B- criminal Conspiracy, 409- Criminal breach of trust and 420- Cheating of the IPC and various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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