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ED chargesheets Naveen Jindal, others in coal block allocation case

New Delhi, July 14: The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday said it has filed a chargesheet against industrialist Naveen Jindal, a former Lok Sabha MP, his company Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and others for money laundering in its probe into the coal block alloacation case. An ED official said that the chargesheet, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, covers Jindal, JSPL, Gagan Sponge Iron Pvt. Ltd. (GSIPL), now known as Gagan Infraenergy Ltd. (GIL), and 12 others.

The chargesheet also names JSPL’s then advisor Anand Goel, Nihar Stocks Ltd Director B.S.N. Suryanarayan and Mumbai’s Essar Power Ltd Executive Vice-Chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo, JSPL’s Deputy Manager (Finance) Siddharth Madra, Deputy General Manager Rajeev Aggarwal, Sowbhagya Media Ltd, New Delhi Exim Pvt. Ltd., Jindal Reality Pvt. Ltd., Nihar Stocks Ltd., K. Ramakrishna Prasad, Rajeev Jain and Gyan Swaroop Garg.

The official said the investigation revealed that in pursuance of an advertisement of the Coal Ministry on Nov 13, 2006, both JSPL and GSIPL submitted applications in January 2007 for allocation of the coal block situated at Amarkonda-Murgadangal in Jharkhand for the proposed 1,000 MW power plants. “The investigation revealed that the Power Ministry did not recommend the allocation of Amarkonda-Murgadangal coal block to Jindal Group of Companies. Even the Jharkhand government initially recommended allocation of this block to three companies — Lanco Infratech Ltd (40 per cent), JSPL (30 per cent) and GSIPL (30 per cent). Later, the Jharkhand government changed its recommendation in favour of JSPL (70 per cent) and GSIPL (30 per cent),” the official said. Investigation also revealed that JSPL also misrepresented the fact related to previous allocations of coal blocks to their group companies, the official added. (IANS)