Former union minister Dilip Ray convicted in the 1999 Coal Block allocation scam

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NewDelhi : New Delhi’s Special Rouse Avenue Court on Tuesday convicted former union coal minister Dilip Ray in the 1999 coal block allocation scam. The quantum of sentence will be announced on October 14.

Ray was the minister of state for Coal in the A.B.Vajpayee government in 1999.

Special Judge Bharat Parashar who is hearing coal scam matter on Tuesday convicted Ray in the case for criminal conspiracy and other offences.

The court has also convicted two senior officials of the Ministry of Coal (MoC) at that time, Pradip Kumar Banerjee and Nitya Nand Gautam, Castron Technologies Ltd (CTL), its director Mahendra Kumar Agarwalla and Castron Mining Ltd (CML).

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its chargesheet booked them under the offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 409 (criminal breach of trust) of IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The case pertains to allocation of Brahmadiha coal block in Giridih in Jharkhand to CTL in 1999.

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