Coal scam: Court to pronounce verdict in JIPL case on March 28

A special court today fixed March 28 for pronouncing its judgement in a coal scam case in which Jharkhand Ispat Pvt Ltd (JIPL) and its two Directors are facing trial in a case pertaining to allotment of a Jharkhand coal block to the firm.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar, who was scheduled to pronounce the judgment today, deferred the matter saying the order was not ready.

This is the first case in coal block allocation scam in which the Special Court, exclusively dealing with all the related matters, is to pronounce its verdict.

The case involves JIPL and its directors R S Rungta and R C Rungta who are accused of acquiring the coal block allegedly on the basis of false and forged documents.

The court had on March 21 last year framed charges against them for the alleged offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using a forged document as genuine) of IPC.

All the accused had pleaded not guilty and claimed trial, while refuting the allegations levelled against them by CBI.

On December 23 last year, the court had dismissed R S Rungta’s plea to summon former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ex-Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao as defence witnesses in the case.

The court had enlarged Rungtas on bail on January 14 last year on a personal bond of Rs one lakh each and with one surety of the like amount.

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