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Delhi HC Suspends Jail Term Of Former Union Minister Dilip Ray On Coal Scam

Former Union Minister Dilip Ray, who was convicted in connection with the 1999 Jharkhand Coal Scam, his sentence was suspended from Delhi High Court and ordered him to remain on bail.

Dilip Ray has sentenced a three-year jail term and a fine of 10 Lakh by Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar for allegedly contriving to allocate Brahmadiha coal block in Giridih, Jharkhand to a private company- Castron Technologies Ltd in 1999. The scam concerned to distortions in the allocation of a Jharkhand coal block in 1999 when Ray was Minister of State for Coal in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Apart from Ray, the court had also convicted two former senior officials of the Ministry of Coal Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, and Director of Castron Technologies Limited, Mahendra Kumar Aggarwal.

This raises a tough question on the Indian Law system as even after the pronouncement of punishment, now Dilip Ray’s conviction has been suspended, and the court ordered him to remain on bail. It seems like strict laws are only applicable to the standard or ordinary people.

Vijay Aggarwal, Advocate who appeared for Ray sought an urgent invasion of the high court in the matter terming his client’s conviction and sentencing as illegal. He also challenged the sentence which was dated on 6th October and sentencing of Ray by Special Central Beurur of Investigation judge. He argued that the conviction was incorrect on facts and that the sentence the first under section 409 IPC  in Coal Scam Cases, was inconsistent to the law placed down by the three-member bench judgement. In contrast, it was held that a minister solely having the power to grant will not be assumed to have been consigned with the property. He even stated that the CBI disregarded all the facts that the allocated mine was abandoned since 1916. For further argument, Aggarwal noted that Ray was not allowed by the trial court to clarify certain circumstances.  The conviction can damage the political career of Ray and appeal need to be heard “expeditiously” to clear the name of his client.

After which the judge suspended the sentencing and listed the appeal for hearing on 25th November to which the CBI further didn’t object. 

Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty

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Ex-Minister Dilip Ray Sentenced To 3-Year Imprisonment In Coal Scam Case

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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Nerve of Steel

Nerve of Steel

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A charismatic politician from Rourkela in the state’s western hinterland, Dilip Ray(Nerve of Steel) recently stirred the hornet’s nest when he heaped praise on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Ray credited the Chief Minister for improving tourism potential through an emphasis on sports and upgrading temple infrastructure.

Extolling Patnaik during a beach festival at Gopalpur, Ray said, “I want to thank Naveen babu and the state government. They have taken Odisha tourism forward. For the first time, they brought World Hockey here. You open any magazine and now you see an article on Odisha”.

“He (Naveen) is doing another great work by making improvements to Jagannath Temple, Lingaraj Temple and Konark temple”, Ray(Nerve of Steel) added, also claiming “no resident of Odisha or lover of Jagannath can forget this gesture”. He also reminded the audience of his past ties with Biju Patnaik.

Ray’s(Nerve of Steel) seemingly innocuous statements have provided ample fodder to political gossip mills. It has yet again revived speculation on he formally joining the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Some even conjecture that Ray(Nerve of Steel) may get a Rajya Sabha berth. However, the man himself is reticent on Chinese whispers swirling his political career ever since he deserted the BJP. Since then, Ray formally had no allegiance to or truck with any political party.

Instead, his stakes are high on his hospitality ventures. As the CMD of the prized Mayfair Group of Hotels, Ray(Nerve of Steel) has been briskly expanding and diversifying, unlocking value for the entire chain.

Apart from being a successful politician, Ray(Nerve of Steel) has been a creative hotelier with a penchant for low rise boutique hotels. The Mayfair chain of hotels established by him has set new benchmarks in the hospitality. With their unique bouquet of products and services, the boutique hotels have allured the most discerning tourists- from Darjeeling or Gangtok or Puri to Goa.

Recently, SJ developers on Tuesday announced its association with eastern India’s leading hotel chain, Mayfair Hotels, and Resorts, to manage and operate the convention hall, spa, and resort.

The Royal Palm Village comprises 68 2-BHK and 52 1-BHK ultra-luxury air-conditioned villas with a private swimming pool, wooden deck, lawn, and private car parking. While the residential project will be spread on 12.5 acres of land, the resort will come up on the remaining 6 acres.

Mayfair is also building a golf resort at Satapada (Puri) at a cost of Rs 125 crore.

Ray(Nerve of Steel) born in 1954, plunged into active politics in 1985 being elected to the Odisha legislative assembly. He enjoyed a decade of membership in the assembly.

During 1990-95, he served as cabinet minister when Biju Patnaik was at the helm. He also served two stints as a member of the Rajya Sab h between 1996 and 2002 and later from 2002 till 2008. During 1996-97, he was inducted into the Atal Behari Vajpayee’s ministerial council, handling portfolios like animal husbandry and food processing.

In 1998-99, Ray got the plum portfolio of coal and then steel (1999-2000) where he discharged duties as the Minister of State (MoS). From 2000 till 2014, Ray remained cut off from active politics but keenly watched the changing dynamics.

Many commentators believed he was already disenchanted with politics, a few others even started penning his political obituary. In this period of long recess, Ray kept himself engrossed in his hotel business, adding value and expanding the chain of properties. But unable to get over the political hangover, Ray started anew his innings in politics, successfully contesting the assembly polls from Rourkela constituency, his pocket borough, in 2014.

Unlike most politicians, Ray boasts of impressive academic credentials. He holds both MBA and LLB degrees and received his education at Darjeeling, Raipur, Kolkata, and Chennai. Travelling, gardening and interior decoration are his passions.

A globe trotter, Ray(Nerve of Steel) has traveled to numerous countries- Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA, UK, and Uzbekistan.

A moneyed man, Ray had declared assets worth Rs 100 crore at the time of filing of nominations for the assembly elections in 2014. He owns houses in Bhubaneswar, New Delhi, Darjeeling, and Rourkela.

Rourkela has always been close to his heart. “During the most trying times of Rourkela, when Rourkela Steel Plant was reeling from the severe financial crisis, I was the Union steel minister and it was because of my efforts that a financial grant of Rs 890 crore was given for its revival. Therefore, I could not say no to contesting from Rourkela when my party asked me to”, says he.