New Delhi: Jharkhand Ispat Pvt. Ltd. and its two Directors- R. S. Rungta and R. C. Rungta have been convicted by the Special Court, today, i.e. on Monday in connection with the case pertaining to the irregularities in allotment of the Coal Block in the State to the firm. The case is termed as first Coal Block Allocation scam case, where the Special Court has delivered its judgement. The Special Court was established for looking into such cases of coal scam matters, exclusively.
The Special Court’s concerned CBI Judge- Bharat Parashar, while convicting the company and also the Rungta brothers, held them guilty of offence of Cheating and Criminal Conspiracy. And it was further held that these convicts have acquired the North Dhadu Coal Block, “illegally”.
While so, the special court has, however, acquitted company and two Rungta brothers from certain other charges, where it was seen that they were charged for ‘forgery’ too.
Currently, Rungta brothers who were on bail, were taken back into the custody, in connection with the order of the court where they were held guilty in the concerned case.
Moreover, for the quantum of sentence, the court is to decide and award the same on or about 31st day of March.
While during the hearing, the CBI found arguing that these accused had acquired the said Coal Block on the basis of False and Forged documents, however, even though the Court had framed the charged inclusive of charges of forgery, but later, court found holding them not guilty for the offence of forgery.
It was seen that all of the accused persons were found taking plea of not guilty, and thus in the trial, the accused persons denied all the allegations which the CBI had levelled against them.
Also, while trial, the Rungta brothers had also sought to require the court that it should summon the former Prime Minister of the country- Manmohan Singh and also ex- Minister of State for Coal- Dasari Narayan Rao, as a defence witnesses in the case, however, their plea was rejected by the Court.
Now, these accused persons are convicted for such offences and they would be awarded with the punishment on next date so fixed by the Court.