New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday convicted former coal secretary HC Gupta, former joint secretary KS Krofa, a private company and its director for irregularities in the allocation of a coal block in Maharashtra. Gupta was earlier convicted in three separate coal scam cases.
Two bureaucrats in the Coal Ministry were convicted of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating and corruption in awarding the mine contract. Lohara East Coal Block To Grace Industries Limited (GIL) between 2005 and 2011.
Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj convicted GIL and its director Mukesh Gupta of criminal conspiracy and fraud. The court will hear arguments on the quantum of punishment to be awarded to the convicts on August 4. This was the 11th conviction in the coal scam cases. The Supreme Court on 25 August 2014 annulled the entire allocation of coal blocks.
Gupta, a former secretary, was earlier convicted in two coal scam cases related to Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd and Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd. In 2018, he was convicted in another coal scam case Connected to Moira and Madhujor (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal. Appeal against the orders is pending in Delhi HC.
The CBI said that the company has declared its total assets to be Rs 120 crore, though it was actually Rs 3.3 crore. GIL also misused its potential.