India’s bureaucracy appears to be in a state of shock following the conviction of former coal secretary HC Gupta in a coal block allocation case. On Friday, a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in New Delhi found Gupta and two officers from the Union Ministry of Coal guilty of charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Gupta was coal secretary between December 2005 and November 2008. On Monday, the court awarded the three men two years in jail. They were subsequently granted bail.
During the trial, which lasted three years starting 2014, several questions cropped up. For instance, since coal block allocation was a decision made by an inter-ministerial screening committee, could individual officers be punished for a collective decision taken by this panel? Read More…
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