CBI has registered a fresh case of cheating and corruption in coal block allocation scam against unknown officials of Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) and others for allegedly ignoring joint venture conditions to give pecuniary gains to private partners.
The KPCL was allocated six coal blocks Kiloni, Manora Deep, and Baranj I-IV in 2003 under NDA government.
CBI has said the agency teams on Thursday swooped down at one location each in Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, and Nagpur in connection with the case.
The sources said besides KPCL, unknown officials of Karnataka EMTA coal Mine Limited, Bangalore, EMTA, and erstwhile Gupta Coal Fields and Washeries Limited (now known as Gupta Global Resources Pvt Limited) have been mentioned as accused in the FIR which is 39th in the coal scam probe.
The agency spokesperson said in New Delhi on Thursday that a case of alleged cheating under IPC and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act has been lodged against them.
“It is alleged that the officials of state public sector undertaking KPCL who had been allocated coal block had shown undue favour to joint venture partner by deliberately ignoring and overlooking the condition of JV relating to certification of the quality of the coal by an independent agency,” CBI has alleged.
It said this has allegedly caused huge undue pecuniary advantage to the private partner.
“Further the JV company Karnataka EMTA Coal Mine Limited in conspiracy with the private company engaged in washing of coal had in violation of the Coal Ministry guidelines relating to rejects generated by the washery sold the rejects without the Ministry’s permission,” it alleged.