Dasari framed in coal scam

dasari-scamVeteran Tollywood director Dasari Narayana Rao was today framed in the multi-crore coal scam. Sowbhagya Media Private Limited, a firm floated by Dasari was also framed.

A CBI special court ordered framing of charges against him and another 15 people who includes former parliamentarian and industrialist Navin Jindal and Madhu Koda, former chief minister of Jharkhand.

They were charged with corruption, cheating and criminal conspiracy in connection with irregularities in a coal block allocation.

Dasari however continued to deny the charges saying ‘he was just a minister of state and no power vested with him’. He went on to add that ‘any decision on allocation of coal blocks was done with the prior approval of cabinet and not his ministry’

Special judge Bharat Parashar framed charges against Jindal and the others for irregularities in the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal block in Jharkhand to Jindal Group companies—Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt. Ltd (GSIPL).

The block was allocated in 2008. It was alleged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that an attempt was made by the accused to make the block available for the two Jindal firms.

Charges against former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda have already been framed.

The thirteen others include ex-coal secretary H. C. Gupta, Jindal Steel and Power, Jindal Realty Pvt Ltd, Gagan Sponge (now called Gagan Infraenergy Ltd),New Delhi Exim Pvt. Ltd and Sowbhagya Media Ltd.

The court summoned them in May last year on these charges.

The Supreme Court in September 2014 cancelled allocations of more than 200 coal blocks made between 1993-2010 in 2014.

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