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Coal block case: Court summons Delhi-based company's officials

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, March 2:A court here on Monday issued summons to chief executive officer (CEO) and two senior officers of a Delhi-based company in a coal block allocation case. Special Judge Bharat Parashar issued summons to Rathi Steel and Power Limited’s (RSPL) CEO Udit Rathi, maging director Pradeep Rathi, and assistant general mager (AGM) Kushal Aggarwal, asking them to appear before the court on March 13. The orders were issued, taking cognisance of a chargesheet filed against the company and its CEO, in a case related to allocation of Kesla North coal block in Korba, Chhattisgarh.

The CBI has chargesheeted the company and its CEO under charges dealing with crimil conspiracy and cheating. Though Pradeep and Aggarwal were not chargesheeted, the court summoned them observing that both also conspired to cheat Ministry of Coal (MOC) authorities to procure allotment of a coal block in favour of RSPL.

The court said: “It is prima facie clear that Pradeep, Udit and Aggarwal, who all appeared before the screening committee for making presentation and submitting a feedback form on Feb 7, 2008 on behalf of RSPL, prima-facie conspired together to submit a highly inflated claim about the actual land in its possession with a view to cheat the concerned MOC authorities who were having dominion over the tiolised tural resources of the country i.e. coal.”

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