Naveen Jindal, 4 others get bail in coal scam case

A court in Delhi today granted bail to former parliamentarian Naveen Jindal and others in connection with alleged irregularities pertaining to the Urtan North coal block in Madhya Pradesh.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar granted bail to Jindal along with former Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) advisor Anand Goel, Executive Director of raw materials D N Abrol, the then executive vice chairman and chief executive Vikrant Gujaral, aned former director (finance) Sushil Maroo.

The court has posted the matter for further hearing on 31 October.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 23 May filed a fresh chargesheet against Jindal and five others in connection with the alleged irregularities pertaining to the coal block. The accused appeared before the court after summonses were issued against them.

The CBI has charged the accused under sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to criminal conspiracy and cheating.

The chargesheet alleged that JSPL misrepresented before the coal ministry's screening committee the equipment purchase orders it had placed and land it claimed to have purchased.

The CBI alleged that the accused cheated the ministry and got a wrongful gain and pecuniary advantage.

Naveen Jindal is also under trial in a case pertaining to the allocation of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.