CBI charges Darda, son in coal scam

CBI charges Darda, son in coal scam

The CBI on Thursday filed a second charge sheet in a local court, naming Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra and Nagpur-based AMR Iron and Steel in connection with alleged irregularities in coal block allocations.

The agency’s action came ahead of a hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday. The accused were charged under Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

None of those who were named in the charge sheet could be contacted for their reaction.
During the investigation, sources claimed, the CBI had found fault with the AMR Iron and Steel, its directors Arvind Kumar Jayaswal, Manoj Jayaswal, Ramesh Jayaswal and Devendra Darda, son of Vijay Darda, along with unknown public servants of the coal ministry and other unknown persons as accused in the case.

In its FIR, the CBI said the AMR Iron and Steel in its application form for the allocation of coal blocks “fraudulently” concealed the fact that its group companies had previously been allocated five coal blocks.

The coal ministry had invited applications for the allocation of coal blocks, including the Bander coal block in Maharashtra.

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