Coal Scam Case: Former Minister Dilip Ray Awarded 3 Years Of Imprisonment

by Shatakshi Gupta

A special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sentenced 3 years imprisonment to former Union Minister Dilip Ray in the coal scam case.  Along with this, the other two convicts associated with the scam have also been sentenced to 3 years.  Along with Imprisonment, a fine of Rs 10 lakh has been imposed on all three.  After the news came out,  there was an atmosphere of disappointment among his supporters when Dilip Ray was sentenced.

 In 1999, Dilip Ray was accused of corruption in the Brahmadiha coal mine allocation in Giridih, Jharkhand.  In this case, 4 people were proved guilty along with Dilip Ray.  He was convicted by a special CBI court on 6th October.  On October 14, there was a debate in the special CBI court on behalf of the CBI and the lawyers of the accused. The CBI lawyer demanded life imprisonment for the accused, whereas the defence lawyer has pleaded for lesser harsh punishment on the grounds of the age of the accused.

 CBI Special Court Judge Bharat Parashar, after listening to both the parties, directed to secure the opinion and appear in the court October 26. 

However, the CBI court granted bail to all three convicts, including Dilip Ray, on a bond of Rs 1 lakh each. The time till November 25 has been granted for appeal in the High Court against the verdict.

 What is the matter?

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 The CBI had stated in the charge sheet that in May 1998, CTL had applied to the Ministry for allocation of coal blocks.  Coal India Limited informed the Ministry that the block for which application is made is dangerous because that mining area was filled with water.  In April 1999, the company again applied and asked Minister Dilip Ray to consider the new application expeditiously.

 In May 1999, the application file came from the ministry of Dilip Ray to the then Union Coal Secretary and from there to the then Additional Secretary Nitya Nand Gautam.  Gautam took a U-turn from his previous observation and recommended allocation of coal blocks to CTL.  CTL got the coal block and started mining before getting permission.