New Delhi: In coal scam, Former Coal Secretary HC Gupta and four others have been found guilty to corruption and criminal conspiracy in a case linked to the allotment of coal blocks in Bengal. For not following the due process in the allotment of coal blocks, apart from Mr. Gupta, one serving and one retries public servant-former joint secretary Coal Ministry KS Kropha and the then director in the same ministry KC Samia-have been held guilty to same charges.
The managing director of the Vikash Metals and Power Limited, Vikash Patni, the firm that bagged the Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in Bengal and one of its senior Anand Mallick have also been convicted by the court.
In 2012, the CBI started investigating the case. The court conducts the police to keep all the convicted in judicial custody and posted the case for hearing on December 3 to decide on the punishment.
Under the Congress-led-UPA-I HC Gupta was Coal Secretary for two years in 2008. As the official who chaired a screening committee that cleared at least 40 cases of coal mining rights, he has been accused of playing a leading role in the alleged swindle dubbed as the coal scam.
In the coal block allocations, the former senior bureaucrat has been accused of not following a transparent actioning system that led to huge losses running into crores to the taxpayer. Mr. Gupta was booked in as many as eight cases.