Jharkhand Coal scam: Madhu Koda awarded 3 years jail

Koda was found guilty in the case along with three others

Koda was found guilty in the case along with three others

Jharkhand's former chief minister Madhu Koda was sentenced to 3 years in a coal scam on Saturday. All were convicted on Wednesday of criminal conspiracy under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code and of criminal misconduct under section 13 (1) of The Prevention of Corruption Act by a special CBI court in Delhi.

This case is related to irregularities in the allocation of VISUAL (Vini Iron & Steel Udyog Ltd) of Kolkata in Rajarhar North Coal Block, Jharkhand.

Moreover, with the rigorous imprisonment, Koda has been fined Rs 25 lakh and three public servants were also fined Rs 1 lakh each. Bharat Parashar Judgeof the Special court pronounced a fine of Rs 50 lakh on the Kolkata-based errant company.

"This is disheartening. This was Court's verdict so I won't comment on it but I have the option to appeal against it in the High Court", said Madhu Koda after the court's verdict. The UPA's role further comes under the scanner as the said coal allocation, for which Madhu Koda has been convicted, was cleared by the 36th Screening Committee under it.

In this case, the country's premier probe agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, had claimed in its charge sheet that the accused colluded to give mining rights of a state-owned coal block in Rajhara North to a private firm in 2007 and that was illegal. "I am sad because of today's order and I will approach the High Court after reading today's order and consulting my advocate", he said.

46-year-old Madhu Koda has been the Chief Minister of Jharkhand from September 2006 to August 2008. All my bank accounts are frozen. While becoming the CM, he was an Independent MLA in the state assembly. Gupta, who was chairman of the screening committee, allegedly concealed this fact from then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who also headed the coal ministry at that time.

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