A special court in New Delhi has granted bail to industrialist and Congress leader Naveen Jindal in a money laundering case with respect to the alleged irregularities in allocating coal blocks in Jharkhand. The bail was granted by Special Judge Bharat Parashar on a personal bond and a surety of Rs 1 lakh each.
Adviser to Jindal Steel and Power Anand Goel has also been granted bail. Others who have received the bail is Sushil Kumar Maroo (Mumbai Essar Power’s Executive Vice-Chairman), B S N Suryanarayan (Director of Nihar Stock Limited), Rajeev Aggarwal (CFO of K E International) and Siddharth Madra (Vice-President of Green Infra).
The Indian Express reported that some of the other accused with similar charges include K Ramakrishna Prasad, Gyan Swaroop Garg and Rajiv Jain. All the aforementioned are accused in the unfair distribution of Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Jharkhand and have been charged under provisions that pertain to Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The Enforcement Directorate had filed a charge-sheet in the case alleging that a firm belonging to Jindal had invested Rs 2 crore in illegal gratification and tried to influence the screening committee to allot the coal block.
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