28/03/2016 11:57 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Coal Scam: Court Convicts Jharkhand Company Along With Its Two Directors

In this Monday, July 1, 2013 photo, an Indian laborer helps another with a basket of coal to load onto a truck at a roadside coal depot at Khliehriet in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya. Coal mines are privately owned in the state because land and resources are owned by local tribal communities. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

NEW DELHI -- A special court today convicted Jharkhand Ispat Pvt Ltd (JIPL) and its two directors R S Rungta and R C Rungta in a case pertaining to irregularities in allotment of a coal block in the state to the firm, the first judgement in the coal scam.

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar held the company and its two directors guilty of the offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of IPC.

This is the first coal block allocation scam case in which the special court, which was set up to exclusively deal with all the coal scam matters, has delivered its judgement.

The court ordered that R S Rungta and R C Rungta, who were out on bail, be taken into custody and fixed the matter for 31 March for hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence.

The case pertains to irregularities in allocation of North Dhadu coal block by the 27th and 30th screening committees jointly to JIPL and three other firms M/s Electro Steel Casting Ltd, M/s Adhunik Alloys and Power Ltd and M/s Pawanjay Steel and Power Ltd.

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