A special CBI court convicted former coal secretary H C Gupta and two other senior IAS officers on Friday for corruption in the allocation of a coal block in West Bengal, a development which will cause considerable heartburn among the bureaucratic fraternity which laments that it is left to carry the can for carrying out the orders of the regime of the day, and revives memories of the Coalgate scam.
Two other bureaucrats convicted by CBI judge Bharat Parashar are K S Kropha, then a joint secretary in the ministry of coal who superannuated as chief secretary of Meghalaya, and K C Samria, then a director in the ministry of coal who is currently joint secretary in the ministry of minority affairs.
They have been convicted of cheating, criminal conspiracy and corruption under provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act in the allocation of Moira- Madhujore coal block in West Bengal for captive use of a private company — M/s VMPL — and can be sentenced for up to seven years in prison. Read More
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