The Enforcement Directorate on Friday filed a chargesheet against industrialist and former Congress legislator Naveen Jindal and 14 others, accusing them of money laundering, reported PTI. The case is in connection with the allocation of the Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand.
The agency said Jindal’s firm Jindal Steel and Power Ltd and others had influenced the screening committee to allot the coal block by paying kickbacks worth Rs two crore. The Enforcement Directorate submitted the report to special judge Bharat Parashar.
Earlier in the day, the court ordered the framing of an additional charge of abetment of bribery against Jindal. Special judge Parashar said the charges would formally be framed on August 14.
In April 2016, the court ordered the framing of charges against Jindal, former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao – who has passed away since then – former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, former Coal Secretary HC Gupta and 11 others for the alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, and criminal breach of trust.
On Friday, the court ordered that charges be also framed against Jindal Steel’s former advisor Anand Goel, Nihar Stocks Ltd Director BSN Suryanarayan and Mumbai’s Essar Power Ltd Executive vice chairperson Sushil Kumar Maroo.