Ex-secy convicted in coal block scam
A special CBI court on Friday convicted former coal ministry secretary H C Gupta and four others in a coal mining block allocation scam case here on Friday. Former joint secretary in the coal ministry K S Kropha, the then director K C Samaria, Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL) and its managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia were the four others who were held guilty. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar acquitted CA Amit Goyal. The court will pronounce its order on the quantum of sentence on May 22. The court ordered framing of charges against the accused in the case in October 2015 for offences under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the IPC, and under relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.