Bhubaneswar: The Special CBI Court in New Delhi today sentenced former Union Minister of State (MoS) of Coal, Dilip Ray, to three years of imprisonment in connection with the two-decade-old coal block allocation scam.
While the quantum of sentence was pronounced today, the court had on October 6 already convicted Ray, the then Additional Coal Secretary Pradip Kumar Banerjee and the then Ministry of Coal (Projects)’s adviser Nityanand Gautam.
As per the case history, this high profile scam pertains to allocation of 105.153 hectares of abandoned coal mining area in Giridih district of Jharkhand in 1999. The abandoned coal block of Jharkhand was allotted to Castron Technologies Limited (CTL). The CTL promoter Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla and the mining firm have also been convicted along with Ray, Banerjee and Gautam.
Ray along with others have been found guilty of offences under Sections 120-B and 120-B/409/420 of IPC and Sections 13 (1) (c) and 13 (1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
Soon after the quantum of sentence pronounced, the court allowed bail to all the convicts.