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Coal Scam case: Former coal secretary H C Gupta awarded 2-yr jail term

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Coal Scam case: Former coal secretary H C Gupta awarded 2-yr jail term

New Delhi: Former coal secretary H C Gupta was on Monday awarded two-year-imprisonment by a special court here in a coal scam case. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parasher also sentenced two senior government officials, K S Kropha and K C Samaria, for two-year imprisonment in the case.

Besides the jail term, the court also imposed a fine of Rs1 lakh each on the three convicts. Besides them, the court imposed a fine of Rs1 crore on convicted private firm Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd, while its Managing Director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia was awarded three-year jail term by the court. Ahluwalia will also have to pay a fine of Rs30 lakh.

All the convicts were granted bail soon after the sentence was announced to enable them move the High Court. Gupta and two serving senior officials were earlier convicted by the court for irregularities in the allocation of of the Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to a private firm.

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