Coal scam: Have approached Ministry of Coal on sanction issue, CBI to court

CBI on Thursday told a special court that it has approached Ministry of Coal (MoC) to ascertain status of its request for sanction to prosecute a public servant, who has now retired, for his alleged role in a coal scam case allegedly involving Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda.

“It has been submitted by senior public prosecutor that LS Janoti, the section officer, qua whom sanction was sought from the competent authority has since superannuated. It was further submitted that a letter has been sent to the Joint Secretary, MoC, to ascertain about the status of request of CBI qua sanction to prosecute LS Janoti but no reply has yet been received,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.

During the hearing, CBI’s prosecutor sought some time to apprise the court on the issue after which the judge posted the matter for hearing on June 29.

The court, in its January 30 order, had observed that former Minister of State for Coal Santosh Bagrodia, ex-Coal Secretary H C Gupta and Janoti had allegedly committed criminal misconduct and facilitated AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd to unlawfully obtain a coal block.

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