Coal scam: 3-yr jail to 3 Himachal power firm officials

One-liner: A Delhi court on Wednesday awarded a three-year jail term to two directors and another senior official of Himachal EMTA Power Ltd (HEPL) in a coal scam case of 2009.

Fine imposed: Special Judge Sanjay Bansal also imposed a fine of ₹2L on each of the three convicts - the company's Directors Ujjal Kumar Upadhaya and Bikash Mukherjee, and its CGM (Power) N C Chakraborty.

Criminal conspiracy: It is regarding a criminal conspiracy to cheat the govt of India by misrepresenting facts to acquire a coal block in West Bengal.

  • The judge also imposed a fine of ₹20L on Himachal EMTA Power Ltd in the case

Appeal allowed: The judge, however, suspended the punishment for a period of 45 days to enable the convicts to appeal their conviction before the Delhi HC.

Inducement: The judge said the prosecution also established that the accused persons dishonestly induced the Screening Committee, the MoC (Ministry of Coal) and the govt of India to issue a coal block allocation letter on July 10, 2009.

Source: PTI