CBI court summons five more persons in coal block case


New Delhi, A court here on Friday issued summons to five more persons against whom the CBI filed fresh supplementary chargesheet, including Jindal Steel’s adviser Anand Goel, in a coal block allocation case against former Congress MP Naveen Jindal and others.

After considering the chargesheet, Special Judge Bharat Parashar issued summonses to Goel, Gurgaon-based Green Infra’s Vice-President Siddharth Madra, Mumbai-based KE International’s Chief Financial Officer Rajeev Aggarwal, Nihar Stocks Limited Director B.S.N. Suryanarayan, and Mumbai’s Essar Power Limited Executive Vice-Chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo.

The five were directed to appear in court on April 10.

Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) named the five in a fresh supplementary chargesheet filed in the court.

The final investigation report was filed on the basis of a statement given by a prosecution witness — Chartered Accountant and New Delhi Exim Pvt. Ltd. Director Suresh Singhal — who has turned approver in the case.

The court was hearing the case related to the allocation of Jharkhand’s Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block to Jindal Steel and Gagan Sponge.

Besides Congress MP and industrialist Jindal, former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayana Rao, former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, and former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta are accused in the case.

The CBI filed a chargesheet against Jindal, Koda, Rao and Gupta in April 2015.

The other accused include Jindal Realty Director Rajeev Jain, Gagan Sponge Directors Girish Kumar Juneja and R.K. Saraf, and Sowbhagya Media’s Managing Director K. Ramakrishna.

Of the five private companies named in the charge sheet, four are based in Delhi and one in Hyderabad.