Coal scam: Himachal EMTA Power Ltd’s 3 officials granted bail

Himachal EMTA Power Ltd’s (HEPL) two directors and another senior official, who were summoned as accused in a coal scam case for allegedly misrepresenting facts to acquire a coal block in West Bengal, were today granted bail by a special court here.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar granted bail to HEPL’s two Directors, Ujjal Kumar Upadhaya and Bikash Mukherjee, and its senior official N C Chakraborty, on a personal bond of Rs one lakh each and one surety of like amount.

The court has now fixed the matter for April 4 for the scrutiny of documents.

After taking cognisance of CBI’s charge sheet in the case on February 5, the court had summoned four accused, including the company, for alleged offences under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of IPC.

“I am of the considered opinion that prima facie there is sufficient incriminating evidence on record warranting summoning of accused persons i.e. company M/s HEPL, its two directors Ujjal Kumar Upadhaya and Bikash Mukherjee and N C Chakraborty, CGM (Power), M/s HEPL for offences under section 120-B and under section 120-B/420 IPC and also for substantive offence i.e. under section 420 IPC,” the judge had said.

CBI has chargesheeted HEPL, Upadhaya and Mukherjee in the case but the judge had said “though CBI has not chargesheeted N C Chakraborty in the present case but I do not find myself in agreement with the said conclusion drawn by CBI”.

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