Coalgate: ex-Secretary H C Gupta gets 3-year rap
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Coalgate: ex-Secretary H C Gupta gets 3-year rap

New Delhi, Dec 5:A city court on Wednesday sentenced to three years imprisonment ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta in a case related to allotment of blocks in West Bengal.

Central Bureau of Investigation had registered a FIR in the month of September 2012, alleging that irregularities were committed in allocation of Moira and Madhujore (North and South) coal blocks in West Bengal to a private firm, Vikash Metals and Power Limited.

Special CBI Court, after hearing final arguments on November 30 this year, found guilty H C Gupta, VMPL, one serving and one retired public servant ex Joint Secretary in Ministry of Coal (MoC) KS Kropha, the then Director (CA-I) in MoC KC Samria, the Firm’s Managing Director Vikash Patni and its authorised signatory Anand Mallick in the case.

Prosecution today sought from the court maximum seven years of imprisonment for all the convicts.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar passed an order for three years imprisonment on HC Gupta, KS Kropha and the then Director (CA-I) in MoC KC Samria. Managing Director of a Firm Vikash Patni and its authorised signatory Anand Mallick were given a four-year rap.(UNI)