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CBI charge-sheets SKS Ispat in coal scam case

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 - 7:05am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Total number of FIRs registered in the scam have touched 26

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered three cases in coal block allocation scam against Chhattisgarh-based SKS Ispat and Power Ltd and members of the 35th screening committee.

The total number of FIRs registered in the coal block allocation scam, that has caused a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to state exchequer, as per Comptroller and Auditor General of India, has reached 26 now.

The investigating agency has registered three cases of criminal conspiracy (120B IPC), cheating (420 IPC) and prevention of corruption act against the company, its directors, members of the 35th screening
committee, public servants and others in the allocation of Fatehpur coal block allocated in 2008, Vijay Central coal block allocated in 2011, both in Chhattisgarh, and Rawanwara coal block in Madhya Pradesh allocated in 2007.

"It is alleged that company had misrepresented on aspect of preparedness and was ineligible on aspect of net worth (for being awarded the block)," said a senior CBI official.

CBI has conducted raids in Mumbai, Raigarh, Raipur and Delhi in connection with the matter and further investigation is on.

As per the SKS Ispat and Power website, Anil Gupta is listed as promoter & chairman and managing director of the company, while Deepak Gupta is joint managing director of the company.

As of now CBI has registered 26 cases, filed charge-sheets in two cases and closure reports in four cases. The agency is also investigating five preliminary enquiries (PEs), while many PEs have been referred to Central Vigilance Commission for opinion before being closed.

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