CBI court summons 5 more in coal block scam

A special CBI court issued summons on Friday to five new people including Jindal Steel's advisor Anand Goel after their names emerged in the CBI chargesheet in a coal block allocation case against former Congress MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal and others.

After considering the chargesheet filed through special public prosecutor R S Cheema and V K Sharma, special CBI judge Bharat Parashar issued summons to Goel, Gurgaon-based Green Infra's vice president Siddharth Madra, Mumbaibased KE International's chief financial officer Rajeev Aggarwal, Nihar Stocks Limited director BSN Suryanarayan and Mumbai's Essar Power Limited executive vice chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo.

The chargesheet was a result of a long-drawn investigation carried out by the CBI on the revelations made by accused-turned-approver Suresh Singhal's disclosures. Singhal, director of New Delhi Exim Pvt Ltd (NDEPL) was one of the 15 accused in the coal scam pertaining to illegal allocation of coal blocks.

On July 11, 2016, the court had accepted his plea to turn approver in the case and granted him conditional pardon. "Keeping in view the over all facts and circumstance of the case coupled with the submissions made, I take cognisance of the offence under Sections 120-B IPC and offence us 120-B409420 IPC read with Section 13(1)(c) and 13(1)(d) PC Act, 1988 against all the five accused persons," the court ordered. The sections pertain to offences of criminal conspiracy , cheating, criminal breach of trust by a public servant and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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