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Coalscam: CBI files first charge sheet out of 16 FIRs

PTI | Last Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 18:41

New Delhi: CBI on Monday filed its first charge sheet in a Delhi court in coal blocks allocation case against Navabharat Power Pvt Ltd and its two directors accusing them of conspiring and cheating by allegedly misrepresenting facts to "embellish" its applications to get allotments between 2006 and 2009.

This is the first charge sheet filed by CBI out of 16 FIRs lodged by it till date in the multi-crore scam against various firms and top corporates, also including industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and Congress MP Naveen Jindal.

CBI's move to file the charge sheet before the trial court today came hours before it was scheduled to apprise the Supreme Court about their ongoing investigation in the case.

According to agency sources, Navabharat Power Pvt Ltd, its two directors-- P Trivikrama Prasad and Y Harish Chandra Prasad--were named as accused in the charge sheet filed before Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain.

They have been chargesheeted under sections 420(cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, sources said.

Surprisingly, the charge sheet makes no mention of provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act which was slapped against them in the FIR lodged on September 3, 2012.

The sources, however, added that CBI has said in its 32-page final report that the probe against unknown public servants in the case is underway and they may file a supplementary charge sheet soon.

They said only the operative portion of the charge sheet has been filed before the court today and the CBI is likely to file the documents and annexures by March 27, the next date of hearing in the case.

CBI in its FIR filed on September 3, 2012, had named Navabharat Power Pvt Ltd, its two directors along with some unknown public servants of the Ministry of Coal and others in the case.

First Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 14:06
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